• Champions League

Di Matteo rival urges Chelsea to give him job

ESPN staff
May 19, 2012

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

After presiding over a startling upturn in fortunes following Andre Villas-Boas' dismissal in February, Di Matteo still does not know if he is going to get the job on a permanent basis. Heynckes sees no reason for further delay.

''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.''

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