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Di Matteo coy over Chelsea future

May 20, 2012
By ESPN staff

Roberto Di Matteo has refused to discuss his future following Chelsea's Champions League final triumph over Bayern Munich on Saturday evening.

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Di Matteo took over from Andre Villas-Boas at the start of March and oversaw a dramatic change of fortunes for the London club. Chelsea rescued their season to claim the FA Cup before going on to take out the Champions League decider in a penalty shootout, but Di Matteo said he had not thought about his own future.

"I feel great," said Di Matteo. "But I need a holiday because these last three months have been very challenging. At this moment, whatever the future holds for me is irrelevant."

As he went up to get his medal at the Allianz Arena, it did appear Di Matteo said "we did it" as he embraced club owner Roman Abramovich. However, he would not confirm that in the aftermath.

"I don't discuss those things in public," he said. "But he looked very happy on what was an historic night for our football club."

Di Matteo also claimed Chelsea deserve to take their place in next season's Champions League, which they will do at Tottenham's expense, even though they could only finish sixth in this year's Premier League.

"I do feel the winners should qualify for next season's competition," he said. "That is the right thing. Whether it is fair or not for Tottenham to be in as well is not really for me to answer."

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes called on Abramovich to give Di Matteo a three-year contract after Chelsea secured Champions League glory for the first time in their history.

''I congratulate Chelsea on their victory,'' Heynckes said. ''If you wish me to say something about Roberto Di Matteo it is that Chelsea should give him a three-year contract.''

Heynckes admitted his side had no-one to blame but themselves after dominating throughout the 120 minutes. ''Chelsea played the way we thought,'' he said. ''We must blame ourselves for having so many goalscoring opportunities without being able to score until the 83rd minute.''

The Bayern coach also cleared Arjen Robben of any responsibility, the Dutchman failing to take one of his side's five penalties following his earlier failure in extra-time.

''You can understand if he didn't score the penalty in extra-time that he may have lost some self-confidence to participate in the penalty shoot-out. That is quite easy to see.''