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Roberto Di Matteo Has His Work Cut Out For Him… Or Does He?

When Roberto Di Matteo was appointed Chelsea’s manager on a full-time basis, it was a decision that was greeted with approval from Chelsea fans. After all, he had just led us to FA Cup & Champions League glory in a season that was filled with more twists & turns than a James Bond movie. And he did it with a squad that many didn’t consider good enough to compete with the best in Europe. So giving him the job on a full-time basis seemed like the right thing to do.

But the Chelsea job is not an easy one. Expectations are always sky high, & Roman Abramovich is the most trigger-happy owner in the Premier League (if not the world). Since he has taken over the club in 2003, we have had 8 managers at the helm of the club (including Robbie), out of whom 6 have been sacked (Guus Hiddink left on his own terms as he was a caretaker manager).

Aside from the fact that the Chelsea job seems as haunted as the Defence Against the Dark Arts job in the Harry Potter series, Robbie now has to live up to his own high standards. When he took over the job, Chelsea were in disarray. We were out of the Premier League race & all but out of the Champions League. The FA Cup seemed like our only chance at silverware. But Robbie didn’t panic. He put his head down, kept things simple & focused on the task at hand. He instilled self-belief & confidence into a squad that was utterly demoralized (the best example being Fernando Torres) & the rest, as they say, is history.

One argument is: If he could win trophies with a sub-standard squad, imagine what he can do with a decent squad! That argument is flawed, because football is never that simple. It’s true that Robbie did a spectacular job of turning our season around, but the expectations surrounding him were minimal. We were underdogs in every major match that we played in, & if we won, it was mostly due to dogged determination rather than silky football. Of course, a win is a win… but I think everyone would prefer if we won our matches in a slightly different manner from now on!

So to put in a nutshell, Robbie does indeed have his work cut out for him. But I have plenty of faith in him. He just has to keep doing what he has been doing so far: focus on the result. With the type of players that we have now, attractive football will come on it’s own. If he does that, I see Robbie being in charge of Chelsea for many years to come.

By Shayne Dias

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