Di Matteo plays down feats

Italian wants current squad to write a 'new chapter' for Chelsea

Roberto Di Matteo: Has had plenty of cup success as a player

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Roberto Di Matteo wants the current Chelsea squad to make their own history to overwrite his achievements as a player or coach.

The Blues take on Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday, with the omens very much with caretaker manager Di Matteo.

The Italian boasts an impressive record, having won every time he visited the national stadium as a player and scored in each of his cup finals in the old stadium.

The 41-year-old has also never been on the losing side against Spurs either as a player or coach, something he is at a loss to explain.

"I don't know why," he said. "But, at the end of the day, you need to get on the pitch and write the history of that game.

"It's a new chapter. You look at the stats and it's nice, but that's in the past. We have to look to the present and the future and try to change that."

Roberto Di Matteo

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"It's a new chapter. You look at the stats and it's nice, but that's in the past. We have to look to the present and the future and try to change that."

He added: "It's not about me. It's about this group of players, Chelsea Football Club.

Success

"This group of boys have won the FA Cup many times themselves.

"They like playing at Wembley, and have done so many times with their club and the national team. It's a special place to play."

No club has enjoyed more success at the new Wembley than Chelsea, whose only loss there came in the 2008 Carling Cup final.

They have won all five of their FA Cup games there and Di Matteo admitted the trophy means a lot to the club.

"Yes, it does, and we have a good history in it," he said.

"It's a domestic trophy, and a tradition-rich trophy, well-known all over the world, the FA Cup.

"It's prestigious to be able to win it."