The official website for European football

Di Matteo sets new course for Chelsea defence

Published: Thursday 6 September 2012, 12.22CET
After guiding Chelsea FC to a first UEFA Champions League title in May, Roberto Di Matteo tells UEFA.com how their summer signings can ensure another successful season.
Published: Thursday 6 September 2012, 12.22CET

Di Matteo sets new course for Chelsea defence

After guiding Chelsea FC to a first UEFA Champions League title in May, Roberto Di Matteo tells UEFA.com how their summer signings can ensure another successful season.

Having finally ended Chelsea FC's long wait for UEFA Champions League glory – and earned himself a two-year contract as the club's permanent manager – Roberto Di Matteo is busy plotting their title defence. Memories of last season's final in Munich still burn brightly, though.

"Such is life – sometimes things happen that you don't expect," the 42-year-old told UEFA.com. "Last year it happened to be a very surprising and positive ending to the season. The whole club and the players were magnificent in achieving this result."

Chelsea have not rested on their laurels, with the likes of Didier Drogba – the match winner in May's final against FC Bayern München – departing and Eden Hazard, Marko Marin, Victor Moses, Oscar and César Azpilicueta all coming in. "We lost some players so we needed to get in some new, young players who can give this club a future," Di Matteo explained.

"The bulk of the team is still here and it provides a good platform for all the players, for the new players coming in and the young players. We have got a good experienced team and I think they will continue to help drive the success of the club."

To watch the full interview, click play above.

Last updated: 27/11/12 9.20CET

Related information

Member associations
Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=1855005.html#di+matteo+sets+course+chelsea+defence

UEFA.com features

France's Griezmann on 2010 Under-19 triumph
  • France's Griezmann on 2010 Under-19 triumph
  • The rise of Leicester and England's Jamie Vardy
  • Manchester City signing İlkay Gündoğan in profile
  • EURO cult heroes: 2012 – Jordi Alba
  • Camille Abily introduces champions Lyon
  • EURO history makers: 2012 - Andrés Iniesta
  • Dickenmann and Bussaglia: Wolfsburg's Lyon link
  • Prêcheur testifies to Lyon success
  • Kellermann aims for Wolfsburg hat-trick
  • Snap shot: Shevchenko rolls back the years
1 of 10