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Di Matteo 'proud' to have managed Chelsea despite axe

Published on Nov 22, 2012 6:50 AM
 
 In this Monday, Nov 19, 2012 photo, Chelsea's coach Roberto Di Matteo attends at a press conference ahead of Tuesday's Champions League, group E soccer match between Juventus and Chelsea, in Turin, Italy. -- PHOTO : AP

LONDON (AFP) - Roberto di Matteo spoke Wednesday of his pride in having managed Chelsea after the club sacked him despite the Italian guiding the Londoners to their first Champions League title last season.

For all last term's success, which also saw the FA Cup come to Stamford Bridge, di Matteo was sacked on Wednesday after a run of just two wins in eight games in all competitions culminating with Tuesday's 3-0 defeat by Juventus in Turin that left the club facing Champions League elimination at the group stage.

"It was an honour for me to be appointed manager of a club that I loved playing for and one that is so close to my heart," said di Matteo in a statement issued by the League Managers' Association late Wednesday that represented his first public response to his sacking.

"I am extremely proud of the successes and trophies that we were able to bring to the club in recent months.

 
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