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Were Chelsea Right To Sack Di Matteo?

Roberto Di-Matteo was Chelsea’s eighth manager in the Roman Abramovic’s era within the years of 2003 to date. RDM took over from Andre Villas Boas (now at Tottenham hotspur) in March as an interim manager just to pick up the pieces left by AVB and ended up with two prestigious trophy; the FA cup and UEFA champions league, becoming the first ever Chelsea manager to win Europe’s most elite trophy and the second coach to win a double after Carlo Ancelotti won the Barclay’s premier league and the FA cup in 2010.

After what was describe as Chelsea’s best season, Abramovic hesitated to award a contract to RDM as his favorite manager was Guardiola who resigned as Barcelona’s manager at the end of 2011/2012 season. The former Barcelona gaffer refuse to sign for any club despite interest from Chelsea, Manchester city, Milan and other European club after he made a decision to go a one year break. The Russian then reconsidered RDM and awarded him a two years contract.

After the big spending on the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Victor Moses and Ceaser Azpilicueta, Chelsea began their season with a loss to Manchester city in the FA community shield and an unconvincing win in their first two premier league games against Wigan and Reading with Fernando Torres looking like he is coming back to his best. The European champions were humiliated by the Europa league winners, Athletico Madrid in china with Falcao bagging a superb hat-rick and ended 4-1 in favor of the Spanish side.

As the season goes on Chelsea looked like getting better in terms of style of play as RDM discovered the “Holy Trinity” in the likes of Mata, Oscar and Hazard as Chelsea defeated London rivals Arsenal and Spurs with Chelsea on top of the league. The defeat to Manchester United at Stanford Bridge and also to West Bromwich Albion and stalemates against Swansea and Liverpool in Chelsea’s last four games in the premier league saw Chelsea lose the top spot to Manchester United and are third on the table. The win agaist Wolves and Manchester United ensured that Chelsea is through to the semi-final of the Capital one cup.

Chelsea started the defend of their champions league campaign with losing two goal lead thanks to Oscar’s brilliance to draw 2-2 to Juventus and went ahead to win the game against the Danish side Nordsjaelland. Chelsea then travelled to Ukraine only to be beaten by the in-form Shakhtar Donetsk and the return leg at Stanford Bridge saw Chelsea won in dramatic fashion with Victor moses coming from the bench to score the winner in injury time to make it 3-2 win for Chelsea.

Match day fifth saw Chelsea humiliated in Turin by Juventus with RDM dropped Torres to the bench and playing five defenders. With wasted opportunities from the Mata, Oscar and Hazard saw Juventus capitalizing on that to win 3-0 and win to Shakhtar saw them first on the table with 10 points, Juventus sit the second position with 9 points and Chelsea third with 7 points making it difficult for Chelsea to qualified for the next round, which champions means the European champions will have to prepare to play the Europa league. The only chance that Chelsea has now is for Shahktar to win against Juventus and Chelsea winning against Nordsjaelland. The Question now is who will Chelsea appoint to succeed Roberto Di-Matteo.



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