Chelsea

This Obsession With Pep Must Stop | If Not Di Matteo Then Capello

Roberto Di Matteo’s success as Chelsea’s interim manager has been nothing short of remarkable. He took over in Feburary when the team was in turmoil, the results were terrible and confidence was at rock bottom.

Somehow the Italian managed to turn the fortunes around and guide Chelsea to FA Cup and their first Champions League success!

Question is, should Chelsea stick with Di Matteo or chase another ‘big name’?

Di Matteo did a wonderful job and I have nothing but respect and admiration for him and I’m sure all Chelsea fans will love him unconditionally forever more after finally clinching the ‘holy grail’.

However, I do sit somewhat on the proverbial fence as to whether he should take the reigns permanently. Despite his cup success you have to look at the bigger picture, we won the FA Cup and that was down to him and the players no question. The Champions League success however involved a lot of luck to be frank and in the final I feel Di Matteo’s selection and approach were risky and quite frankly we escape any punishment by a wasteful Bayern Munich.

The main questions arise from the big games in the Premier League, we could only draw with Tottenham at home in a very poor performance, we scrapped out a point away at the Emirates, we lost at Man City (no shame in that), we lost at home to Newcastle and finally we got demolished away at Anfield.

Although player fatigue played a part in these results I have to wonder whether Di Matteo would be able to consistently win the ‘big games’ without a slice of luck.

I wouldn’t mind either way, if Di Matteo got the job you can’t argue he deserves a crack at the whip but if Abramovich decides to put a more experienced man in charge then that is fair as long as he will be given time to develop a new team.

Pep Guardiola has put Chelsea on alert after stating he may take a U-turn on his year long sabbatical if the right job comes up. Other names mentioned have been Jose Mourinho, Fabio Capello and Rafa Bentitez.

Guardiola seems to be Abramovich’s number one target but I think this appoint remains a risk despite Pep’s success at Barcelona. You can’t deny the incredible job Pep did at Barcelona but this was at a club in which he knew all the players on a personal level and the infrastructure of the club. He also knew the clubs philosophy and style of play which his coaching technique is based around.

Pep’s style does not suite Chelsea and short of changing the entire squad never will as we do not possess players like Xavi, Iniesta and Messi. Also from my point of view, achieving success at one club, no matter the level of that success, does not make you a world class manager unless like Sir Alex you have done it consistently over 20+ years obviously.

Mourinho has just signed a new deal at Real Madrid so he’s out and Rafa Benitez will never be accepted by Chelsea fans. This just leaves Fabio Capello and as I mentioned in a pervious article this move suites both parties down to the ground in my eyes.

Summer 2012 will be a big one for Chelsea and I feel it should consist of appointing either Di Matteo or Capello, tying down our long serving players e.g. Lampard to new contracts and introducing some fresh faces such as Falcao, Hazard etc.

No matter what I’m sure Chelsea will keep Sky Sports and myself very occupied this summer and there will be no dull moments at the Bridge during the close season.

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