Roberto Di Matteo Takes A Big Step Towards Permanent Chelsea Jobby Jack Kitson / 05 April 2012, 10:24Tweet
Roberto Di Matteo has bolstered his chances of becoming the Chelsea boss on a permanent basis after leading the West London club into the semi-finals of the Champions League. The caretaker manager oversaw a 3-1 aggregate win over Benfica to set up a mouth watering clash with defending champions Barcelona in the last four. Wednesday night’s victory at Stamford Bridge was the club’s seventh since Di Matteo was installed as interim manager and with a FA Cup semi-final to look forward to as well, the transformation in fortunes at Chelsea since Andre Villas-Boas’ departure has been staggering.
Di Matteo will be acutely aware that Avram Grant led Chelsea to the Champions League final in 2008 but still failed to land the job on a permanent basis. There are loud whispers that owner Roman Abramovich is after a bigger name, with speculation linking both Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola to the club. The Next Chelsea Manager Odds currently have Mourinho as the narrow favourite, with Di Matteo just behind him in the betting, followed by the likes of Guardiola and Laurent Blanc.
All Di Matteo can do is continue to impress and attempt to not only win the prized Champions League but make sure Chelsea are in it next season. The Blues are currently 5th in the Premier League, five points behind Tottenham with seven games remaining, meaning the race for the final Champions League qualification spot is likely to go right down to the wire, with Newcastle also in the mix. Paddy Power have handed Chelsea odds of 7/4 to finish in the top four at the end of the season. The club are also still in with a chance of winning their fourth FA Cup in six years and face London rivals Spurs at Wembley in the semi-finals on Sunday 15th April.
Chelsea return to league action on Saturday when they welcome struggling Wigan to Stamford Bridge. Di Matteo’s men are the odds-on 1/4 favourites for the win, while Wigan have been handed long odds of 10/1 for a shock victory, with a draw available at 5/1.