Monday, May 7, 2012

Players Chelsea help Di Matteo become permanent manager

London - The fate of Roberto Di Matteo as manager at Chelsea next season remains unclear. John Terry stated all team members will try to help him get a permanent contract.

Di Matteo had a positive impact as Chelsea took control from the hands of Andre Villas-Boas. Under his direction, owned by Roman Abramovich's team successfully won the FA Cup title after beating Liverpool at the top of the game last weekend.

Chelsea are also able to penetrate the Champions League final. Frank Lampard et al. will compete for the prestigious title with Bayern Munich in the game at Allian Arena on May 19.

The achievement did not seem to necessarily make Chelsea's management board in a hurry to take a decision for a permanent contract to menyodori Italiano it. But Terry will help if Di Matteo could take them to be champions of Europe.

"This is a decision to be taken by the board of directors, and hopefully with a win (in the Champions League final), we (together with Di Matteo) can hold together and achieve greatness for this club," said Terry as reported by Sky Sports.

"We can make it easier for the board of directors because he's amazing. I think this victory in the FA Cup final) can help us win the Champions League trophy to the winning momentum that will help us," said 31-year-old central defender was.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Liverpool 1 v 2 Chelsea - Report

Team news
 Roberto Di Matteo made only one change to the side which beat Tottenham 5-1 in the semi-final last month. Branislav Ivanovic, who missed that game through suspension, partnered John Terry in the centre of defence with both David Luiz and Gary Cahill missing out through injury. Didier Drogba was given the nod in attack with Fernando Torres having to be content with a place on the substitutes' bench against his former club.
Liverpool's hero from their semi-final win against Everton, Andy Carroll, started on the bench for Kenny Dalglish's side, while Craig Bellamy, Steven Gerrard and Stewart Downing were tasked with supporting striker Luis Suarez.

First half
As expected, it was a cagey opening few minutes with plenty of slow build-up play from both sides without any significant penetration.
Dalglish appeared to have set his side up to stifle the Blues, with Bellamy playing out wide on the right in a bid to stop Ashley Cole from bursting forward and Jay Spearing paying particularly close attention to Juan Mata.
After a slow start, however, the game sprung into life in the 10th minute when the Spaniard was allowed too much room in the middle of the park. His perfectly weighted pass allowed Ramires to get there before Jose Enrique, and as the Brazilian raced through on goal he powered his drive past Pepe Reina at the near-post to give us an early lead.

It was a wonderful start for the Blues, but on reflection Reina will certainly feel he should have done better.
Liverpool's response was almost instant; Glen Johnson, the former Chelsea man, whipped in a teasing delivery which Ivanovic headed into the path of Bellamy, and as the Welshman volleyed towards goal the Serbian did well to divert the ball away with his leg.
Di Matteo's men were looking dangerous on the break, and Martin Skrtel had to be alert to clear on a couple of occasions as Salomon Kalou attempted to release both Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.
The Ivorian was enjoying an impressive opening spell, and he came close to lighting up Wembley with a fantastic solo run, only to be crowded at the crucial moment when he looked set to pull the trigger.
As a spectacle, aside from the goal there had been a lack of real goalmouth action; the Blues seemed content to defend deep and play on the counter-attack, while Liverpool's efforts to utilise the pace of Stewart Downing and Bellamy in the wide areas was proving to be a struggle.