Roberto Di Matteo: The experience gained at Chelsea is invaluable

Last Updated: 22/01/14 4:03pm

Roberto Di Matteo told Goals on Sunday that his time at Chelsea was an invaluable experience.

Di Matteo, a former Chelsea player, managed the West London club to 2012 Champions League glory, fulfilling owner Roman Abramovich's long-standing dream for the top European title.

"I'm very grateful for the time I spent there. I know how to win trophies, I know how to manage a big club, I have great experience from that and I'm still a very young man."

Roberto Di Matteo

But, less than six months later Di Matteo was relieved of his duties when the reigning holders failed to progress from the Group Stages of the competition the following season.

The Italian manager took time away from football afterthe sacking but joined Ben Shephard and Chris Kamara on the Goals on Sunday couch to discuss his time at Chelsea.

Di Matteo said: "In the modern game you have to realise that you need to win games. If you win games you get the support. If you don't, you don't get the support. We've seen it again this year with how many clubs have changed manager because they supposedly haven't won enough games.

"I was trying to change a little bit the way the team was playing. I was trying to install a little bit more flowing football with three attacking offensive players.

"I was trying to change things and that takes a little bit of time and you certainly hope you get that time, but we're all realists here and we know that when you work at the big clubs you have to do those changes while you're winning otherwise people don't have the patience anymore.

"I had a clear vision of what I wanted to do and I wanted to install my way of playing the team in a certain way and if you're going to make mistakes, make your own mistakes, don't make other people's mistakes.

"I still feel in the league we were doing very well and we were still in the Cup and in the Champions League - if you go out with ten points it's bad, but it's not like you went out with three points - and we still had the Europa League to play for."

Invaluable

Di Matteo, a former manager at MK Dons and West Brom, also revealed that he knew he was going to lose his job a few days before it was made public but, made it clear his time at Chelsea was a great experience.

"I kind of knew that it (sacking) was going to happen - maybe a few days before," said Di Matteo.

"I'm very grateful for the time I spent there. I know how to win trophies, I know how to manage a big club, I have great experience from that and I'm still a very young man.

"The Champions League does not have very many managers that win it in their career, I've got it and it's been a fantastic experience.

"The experience I've gained from doing what I did is invaluable."