Roberto Di Matteo says the players deserve credit for Chelsea's success
Last Updated: October 23, 2012 7:02pm
Roberto Di Matteo is not concerned about a lack of recognition for his achievements as Chelsea manager, insisting the players deserve all the credit.
After replacing Andre Villas-Boas as manager in March, the Italian led Chelsea to victory in the FA Cup final and a coveted first UEFA Champions League title.
He has overseen an impressive start to this season after overhauling the Blues' style of play, but is adamant he does not have a problem with a consequent lack of adulation for his side's performances.
"It doesn't matter at all," he said. "I'm just happy to be leading this group and working with these players and working for the club that I have in my heart.
"The players deserve all this credit because it's been extremely difficult last season and also this season evolving our system of play and integrating new players and so on.
"I'm just here to help and do my job as good as I can and hopefully that will carry on for a long time for us."
Di Matteo is also deftly managing the transition that eventually needs to take place in the coming years as the club's 'old guard' reach the end of the road.
Didier Drogba has already departed, Frank Lampard is no longer an automatic choice in the final year of his contract and even captain John Terry is not guaranteed to start when fit.
Di Matteo said of his experienced stars: "They have been very successful in our club for many years and still are very much a part of the spine of this team.
"And I think we have a new breed of players that are developing into new leaders to eventually take over because, obviously, everything will have an end at some time."