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Sacked Di Matteo proud of his Chelsea achievements

Roberto Di Matteo leaves Chelsea with his head held high.

The Italian was appointed as Blues coach last season, when Andre Villas-Boas was relieved of his duties. In one of the most dramatic episodes in the club’s history, he them went onto lead the Londoners to UEFA Champions League and FA Cup glory.

Owner Roman Abramovich dragged his heels before handing Di Matteo, who only had the job on a caretaker basis last term, a two-year contract this summer. A number of new arrivals – including Eden Hazard and Oscar – were signed ahead of the new season, which began brightly for the European champions.

However, results have faded both at home and abroad in recent weeks, with Champions League elimination at the group stage on the cards whilst Manchester City hold a four-point advantage in the Premier League. Perhaps predictably, this has led to Di Matteo being issued with his P45 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday morning.

Just hours after his axing Rafael Benitez, the former Liverpool coach, was installed as his successor. Whilst this is certain to be a difficult time for Di Matteo, the former West Bromwich Albion boss can feel proud of his achievements of last season.

“I am extremely proud of the successes and trophies that we were able to bring to the club in recent months,” said Di Matteo, who is expected to remain in English football. "Lifting Chelsea's first Champions League trophy in Munich was the best achievement in the club's history and without doubt the highlight of my career.

"I have a deep and unreserved passion for Chelsea Football Club and I would like to sincerely thank all of my staff, my players and of course the Chelsea fans for their tremendous support in the intense time I have been manager at the Bridge."

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