Chelsea sack Di Matteo

Chelsea have sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo following last night’s 3-0 defeat to Juventus in Champions League.

A statement on the club website read:

Chelsea Football Club has parted company this morning with Manager Roberto Di Matteo.

The team’s recent performances and results have not been good enough and the owner and the Board felt that a change was necessary now to keep the club moving in the right direction as we head into a vitally important part of the season.

The club faces a difficult task ahead in qualifying for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League as well as maintaining a strong challenge for the top of the Premier League while competing in three other cup competitions. Our aim is to remain as competitive as possible and challenge strongly on all fronts.

Di Matteo led the Blues to Champions League glory last season, but a run of just two victories in the last eight outings has prompted owner Roman Abramovich to fire the Italian.

The final straw may have come last night when, needing at least a draw, Chelsea fell 3-0 in the Juventus Stadium, and made qualification for the knock-out phase of the Champions League unlikely. Chelsea must now hope Shakhtar beat Juventus, while the Blues must also defeat Nordsjaelland.

The club mention in their statement that “the club will be making an announcement shortly regarding a new first team manager,” with some sources suggesting former Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola could be an option.

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