Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has done very well indeed, since he took over the reins at the club from sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas on March 4th, in fact he’s been absolutely outstanding.
Roberto Di Matteo – excellent job as stand-in Chelsea manager
What Roberto has done reminds us just a little, of what Glenn Roeder did at Newcastle back in 2006, when he took over from the sacked Graeme Souness in early February.
Not in the Cups, but in the Premier league games, and for the last 15 league games of the season the former Newcastle captain won 10 and drew two, for a total of 32 points and an average of about 2.1 points per game, which would bring a massive 80 points in a full season.
And Glenn took Newcastle up to 7th place in the league table and we qualified for the Europa League that season.
Since Roberto took over at Chelsea, in the 8 league games he has been in charge, Chelsea have four wins and three draws and just one defeat for 15 points – and an average of about 1.9 points per game.
Di Matteo of course has done his best work in the Cups, and he has taken Chelsea through to two Cup Finals – the Champions League final on May 19th against Bayern Munich in Munich, and the FA Cup against Liverpool at Wembley this Saturday.
That’s an amazing achievement by the Italian.
In all his games at Chelsea this year, Roberto has an excellent record of played 16, won 11 and lost only one for a win percentage of 68.75, and in his overall career with his time at MK Dons and West Brom included, Roberto has managed in 150 games, won 77 and drawn 34 for a win percentage of 51.33.
Roberto has done great at Chelsea, but we still don’t think it will get him the permanent job, although it has done nothing but good for the Swiss-born 41 year-old Italian, and he will be in big demand in the summer – if he doesn’t get the Chelsea job.
Glenn Roeder did get the permanent job for Newcastle, but he was fired the next May after Newcastle had finished 13th in the league table on just 43 points.
Roberto has said today that he has not been surprised by how good Newcastle have done this season:
“I think every game is a must-win for us,” “We have to try our best and try and win. They have been in good form they’ve had a very impressive run and it will be a tough game.”
“They have a very good squad, they some individual quality players and a lot of goalscorers. I am not that surprised they have done very well this season.”
“We are just focused on getting into fourth that is most important to us. We are full of confidence at the moment.”
Newcastle are coming off one of their worst displays of the season at Wigan in the first half, when we leaked four goals, which is three more than we had conceded in the previous six games.
We expect Newcastle to be much better tomorrow night, but whether we can stop Chelsea in their tracks, we don’t know – but it will not be for the want of trying.
And there’s no doubt from what Alan Pardew has been saying over the last couple of days, that Newcastle will go all out for the win tomorrow night.
It’s certainly all adding up to an exciting finish at the top of the Premier League this season.