The Straits Times
Published on Nov 21, 2012

Chelsea sack manager Di Matteo after Champions League loss


Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked by European champions Chelsea, following Tuesday's 0-3 loss to Juventus that left their Champions League hopes in tatters.

The Italian manager has paid the ultimate price for a series of poor results, with only two wins in their last eight matches across all competitions.

"The team's recent performances and results have not been good enough and the owner and the Board felt that a change was necessary now to keep the club moving in the right direction as we head into a vitally important part of the season," the club said in a statement on its official website.

"The club faces a difficult task ahead in qualifying for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League as well as maintaining a strong challenge for the top of the Premier League while competing in three other cup competitions. Our aim is to remain as competitive as possible and challenge strongly on all fronts."