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Roberto Di Matteo 'relaxed' about permanent Chelsea manager role

Roberto Di Matteo insists he is 'relaxed' about the possibility of being given the manager's job at Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis after guiding Chelsea to a fourth FA Cup final triumph in six years.

Ramires and Didier Drogba, with his fourth FA Cup final goal, gave the Blues a 2-0 lead against Liverpool at Wembley in Saturday's final.

Substitute Andy Carroll pulled a goal back and went close to an equaliser when his goalbound header was tipped onto the underside of the crossbar by Chelsea keeper Petr Cech.

The Blues have won 12, drawn four and lost just twice in 18 games since Di Matteo took the reins as interim manager.

The former Chelsea midfielder, who has overseen his side's progress to the Champions League final, says Blues owner Roman Abramovich will make a decision at the end of the season.

He said: "I'm very relaxed about it and the players will be fine. I am a very fortunate person so it is not an issue.

'The boss will make a decision he feels is best for the club'

"I am very pleased with my position until the end of the season. The boss will then make a decision he feels is best for the club and we will respect that."

Di Matteo was full of praise for his players after their FA Cup final triumph - and says former manager Andre Villas-Boas deserves some of the credit.

"I am very pleased for the players," he said. "We have had a difficult season with a lot of criticism but they have responded to all the adversity we have faced. I'm very pleased and satisfied with our performance.

"I also think AVB should get some credit because he started us off on this run in the FA Cup."

Di Matteo has won the FA Cup as a player and manager with Chelsea. He said: "I don't think many people get that opportunity. I'm fortunate enough to have played for this club and won the FA Cup and now I've been able to lead them to a trophy as coach."

Chelsea captain John Terry added: "It's fantastic, it's what we live for. At times people have slated us as too old, past it or not together but as a team we come together and unite when our backs are against the wall and we've done that superbly in the last 16 or 17 games.

"We've still got a massive trophy, the Champions League - that's the target for the owner from day dot. We've done Robbie the world of good and it can do him no harm."


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