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15 May 2012 18:17:10

Di Matteo plots Blues triumph

Roberto Di Matteo is intent on masterminding "something extraordinary" in Saturday's Champions League final and has brushed off the prospect of it being his last match in charge of Chelsea.

Caretaker Blues boss Di Matteo again admitted he thought becoming the first manager to lead the club to glory in European football's most prestigious club competition would not affect his hopes of being appointed on a permanent basis.

He said: "I have a big drive and a big motivation to do something extraordinary for this club. That's all I want to do. Whatever comes afterwards, there's always a reason why things happen."

The former Chelsea midfielder also claimed he had no idea what the future would hold were he to be overlooked, even though he appears bound to be inundated with job offers on the back of his extraordinary Stamford Bridge rescue act.

Di Matteo insisted on Sunday he would have "no problem" if winning the Champions League failed to alter his fate and claimed on Tuesday afternoon he had "not had time" to speak to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich about his future.

"My future will be holidays after Saturday," the 41-year-old added, refusing to elaborate beyond that.

Indeed, all Di Matteo was concerned with was making "history" for the club he served with such distinction as a goalscoring midfielder.

"This game can decide the history of our football club," he said. "It would be the first time we would win the European Champions League.

"That's all that matters and all we're thinking about and focusing on."

Meanwhile, David Luiz and Gary Cahill have given Chelsea a huge boost by returning to full training, with both appearing to come through unscathed.


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