Roberto Di Matteo has spoken of his delight at being able to return to Stamford Bridge, as he assumes the role of new coach Andre Villas Boas’ assistant. The 41-year-old was sacked by West Brom after a two year spell as their manager, but playing second fiddle to the Portuguese will not be a problem for the Italian.
“It is obviously a challenge for me but I don’t anticipate any problems,”the former midfielder is reported as saying in The Guardian. “I have got experience of being a manager, I know what it is like, and I know what it is to be a coach, so I have a bit of both and I am there to support Andre and any of the staff, to give what it takes for us to be successful. That’s the ultimate challenge,” he continued.
Di Matteo was not expecting the chance to return to his former club however, where he spent six seasons as a player.
“The call came a bit out of the blue to be honest,” he stated.
“It is mostly based on the fact that he likes my football philosophy and that is why he wants me to be part of his team. I think he likes to play football and be positive and attacking and over the years if you have seen a game or two of the teams I coached I think we played the same way. I liked my teams to try and win games rather than not lose, to build, to pass. He is going to be in charge of it and we are going to be working the way he thinks is the right way to be successful,” Di Matteo concluded.