Roberto Di Matteo deserves Chelsea job, says Bayern coach
Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes believes Chelsea should make Roberto Di Matteo their permanent manager after the Italian led the Blues to their first Champions League trophy.
Di Matteo has presided over a stunning upturn in Chelsea’s fortunes since taking over as caretaker boss in March.
Saturday’s Champions League win over Bayern comes two weeks after the Blues beat Liverpool to win the FA Cup.
Di Matteo Chelsea record
- Games: 21
- Wins: 13
- Draws: 5
- Losses: 3
- Win ratio: 62%
“Chelsea should give him [Di Matteo] a three-year contract,” said Heynckes.#
Former Blues manager Avram Grant, who left Stamford Bridge after leading them to a Champions League final penalty shootout defeat against Manchester United in 2008, agrees that the Italian is the right man to take the club forward.
“I’m not the guy who makes the decisions at Chelsea but he’s the man,” Grant told the Sun on Sunday.
“Sometimes when a club takes on a coach who is not so famous and the team is not doing so well everybody would say it’s his fault.
“So when it goes well, he should get the credit. It’s justice.”
Bayern boss Heynckes congratulated Di Matteo and his side following their 4-3 penalty shoot-out win at the Allianz Arena, the home of the German side, which came following a 1-1 draw.
He admitted his side had no-one to blame but themselves after dominating throughout the 120 minutes.
However, after taking the lead through Thomas Mueller with just eight minutes remaining, Bayern allowed Didier Drogba to level in the final minute and then failed to capitalise in the added 30 minutes as Petr Cech saved Arjen Robben’s extra-time penalty.
“Chelsea played the way we thought,” said Heynckes. “We must blame ourselves for having so many goalscoring opportunities without being able to score until the 83rd minute.”
The Bayern coach also backed Dutchman Robben for not taking one of his side’s five spot-kicks in the shoot-out.
Bayern’s first shoot-out loss
- This was Bayern’s first penalty shoot-out defeat in the European Cup after having won their previous four shoot-outs in the competition.
“You can understand if he didn’t score the penalty in extra-time that he may have lost some self-confidence to participate in the penalty shoot-out,” added Heynckes. “That is quite easy to see.”
The defeat means the German side end the season trophyless, after finishing second in the Bundesliga and losing the German Cup 5-2 to league winners Borussia Dortmund.
In contrast, Chelsea’s victory caps a superb two-and-a-half months for Di Matteo, who has rejuvinated the Blues since the failed “project” of Andre Villas-Boas and led them to two trophies.
Although the 41-year-old Italian failed to achieve a top-four finish in the Premier League, he has delivered Champions League football next season by winning on Saturday.
Di Matteo took over between the two legs of the last 16 tie against Napoli and oversaw the overturning of a two-goal deficit. He also led the Blues to wins over Benfica in the quarter-finals and holders Barcelona in the semis.