Di Matteo proud of Chelsea tenure

Roberto Di Matteo has released a statement following his sacking by Roman Abramovich in which he declares himself proud of what he accomplished while Chelsea manager, Sky Sports has reported.

The Italian was initially appointed the club’s interim manager in March after the owner terminated the contract of Andre Villas-Boas, whom Di Matteo worked alongside as assistant manager. Di Matteo guided Chelsea to victory in the FA Cup, beating Liverpool in the final, and also the Champions League. Chelsea saw off Bayern Munich on penalties in a match played in Munich’s own Allianz Arena to seal a first ever Champions League triumph.

Di Matteo was however sacked earlier this week after a poor run of form that saw the Blues knocked off the top of the Premier League and face the prospect of becoming the first holders of the Champions League to be eliminated at the group stage of the following season’s edition of the tournament. Former Liverpool and Inter manager Rafael Benitez has been appointed in Di Matteo’s stead.

The former Chelsea midfielder’s statement read: “I am extremely proud of the successes and trophies that we were able to bring to the club in recent months.

Lifting Chelsea’s first Champions League trophy in Munich was the best achievement in the club’s history and without doubt the highlight of my career.

I have a deep and unreserved passion for Chelsea Football Club and I would like to sincerely thank all of my staff, my players and of course the Chelsea fans for their tremendous support in the intense time I have been manager at the Bridge.

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