Di Matteo out to make history
Chelsea boss determined to do 'something extraordinary'
Last Updated: May 15, 2012 10:24pm
Roberto di Matteo: Chelsea boss hoping to make history in Champions League final
Roberto Di Matteo is determined to make history for Chelsea and wants to do 'something extraordinary' in Saturday's UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
Caretaker Blues boss Di Matteo again admitted he thought becoming the first manager to lead the club to glory in European football's most prestigious club competition would not affect his hopes of being appointed on a permanent basis.
The former Chelsea midfielder also claimed he had no idea what the future would hold were he to be overlooked, even though he appears bound to be inundated with job offers on the back of his extraordinary Stamford Bridge rescue act.
Di Matteo, who has enjoyed a rollercoaster 10 weeks in charge, said: "I have a big drive and a big motivation to do something extraordinary for this club. That's all I want to do.
"Whatever comes afterwards, there's always a reason why things happen."
Di Matteo insisted on Sunday he would have "no problem" if winning the Champions League failed to alter his fate and claimed this afternoon he had "not had time" to speak to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich about his future.
"My future will be holidays after Saturday," the 41-year-old added, refusing to elaborate beyond that.
Indeed, all Di Matteo was concerned with was securing European glory for the club he served with such distinction as a goalscoring midfielder.
"This game can decide the history of our football club," he said. "It would be the first time we would win the European Champions League.
"I have a big drive and a big motivation to do something extraordinary for this club. That's all I want to do."
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"That's all that matters and all we're thinking about and focusing on."
He added: "It's a massive game, a big game for the club, a big game for our players. I'm not suggesting it's just another game.
"We have to go into it with the knowledge we have the quality and experience to win it."
Di Matteo's line-up is likely to include at least four of the players who started Chelsea's only previous Champions League final, when in 2008 they lost in a penalty shoot-out against Manchester United.
"I don't think any of our players will need extra motivation for a game like this," he said. "From that point of view, it'll be easy."
What will not be easy is taking on Bayern in their own back yard, with Saturday's match taking place at the Allianz Arena.
"They know the pitch, and that could give them a little advantage," Di Matteo said. "But, on the other side, they might have a bit of extra pressure because they're at home. I'm not sure if it is an advantage or not."
Di Matteo also played down suggestions the key to beating Bayern was shutting down their star wingers, Franck Ribery and former Chelsea star Arjen Robben.
"I don't think it's quite as easy and straightforward as that," he said. "They have a lot of great players."