Roberto di Matteo said it is ‘irrelevant’ to talk about him becoming permanent Chelsea manager as he is focused on following their FA Cup triumph with the Champions League trophy.
The interim Blues’ boss was delighted after goals from Ramires and Didier Drogba, who became the first player to score in four finals, were enough to secure a 2-1 win at Wembley, despite a late barrage from Kenny Dalglish’s men after Andy Carroll pulled one back during the second half.
The triumph was enough to lead to more talk of Di Matteo becoming Andre Villas-Boas’ permanent successor at Stamford Bridge after his impressive run since taking over the post on March 4.
However the Italian tactician is not worried about owner Roman Abramovich’s plans as he is just looking to the Champions League final against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on May 19. Chelsea are 7/2 to win in 90 minutes, while Bayern are 4/5 and the draw is 13/5.
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“It’s irrelevant,” Di Matteo said. “The boss will make the decision and we’ll respect it. The players will be fine. I am very fortunate person, so it’s not an issue for me.”
Di Matteo also heaped praise on the players for securing a fourth FA Cup win in six years and feels they have gone a long way to proving their critics wrong.
He said: “We’ve had a difficult season and a lot of criticism… The answer was today on the pitch. The football is always the best way to deliver the answer.”
Chelsea will now look to get their slim hopes of a top-four finish back on track in the Premier League on Tuesday when, ironically, they face a trip to face Liverpool at Anfield.
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