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Chelsea sack Di Matteo after Juventus defeat

The 42-year-old Italian
manager has parted ways with
the Champions League
winners after a 3-0 defeat in
Turin which left their chances
of retaining the trophy in

Chelsea have sacked Roberto Di Matteo following
the 3-0 defeat to Juventus on Tuesday evening
which left the club's prospects of qualifying for
the Champions League knockout stages hanging
by a thread.

The Blues needed a positive result in Turin to
maintain hopes of defending their European
crown, but Antonio Conte's side ran out
comfortable winners with the English side looking
likely to become the competition’s first ever
holders to be eliminated at the group stage.

Chelsea have turned to Benitez after Pep Guardiola
indicated that he wants to continue his sabbatical
from football and not return to management
before next summer.

Despite reports that there has been no contact
between the European champions and Benitez, it
is understood that a deal is being brokered for the
Spaniard to be installed at Stamford Bridge

Discussions are centring on the length of the
contract and the personal terms.
Sources have
told Goal.com that Benitez is willing to take the
job until the end of the season and he is not
expected to be given a long-term deal.

Chelsea expect that the 52-year-old will be in the
dugout for Sunday afternoon’s Premier League
match at home to Manchester City.
Benitez was in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday
afternoon speaking at a coaching seminar before
preparing to return to the United Kingdom, where
he lives with his family in Merseyside, overnight.

Speaking to Sport360, the Spaniard declared that
he has an interest in the vacant Chelsea
manager’s job and hinted that his representatives
had been busy in recent days.

Despite winning the Champions League and FA
Cup after taking over from Andre Villas-Boas in
March 2012, Di Matteo is the latest in a long list of
managers who have failed to appease owner
After winning seven of his eight opening Premier
League games this season, two points from the
last four league matches and seven points from a
possible 15 in the Champions League sealed the
Italian's fate.
The statement continued: "The owner and the
Board would like to thank Roberto for all he has
done for the club since taking over in March.

Roberto helped guide us to an historic Champions
League victory and a seventh FA Cup. We will
never forget the huge contribution he has made
to this club's history and he will always be
welcome at Stamford Bridge.

"The club will be making an announcement
shortly regarding a new first team manager."


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