Heynckes: Di Matteo deserves job
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 doesn't 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," said Heynckes. "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.
However, after taking the lead through Thomas Muller with just eight minutes remaining, Bayern allowed Didier Drogba to level two minutes from time.
Then, after Arjen Robben had a penalty saved by Petr Cech in extra-time, the customary German efficiency in shoot-out situations failed them as Drogba scored the winning spot-kick to secure a 4-3 triumph.
"Chelsea played the way we thought," said Heynckes. "We must blame ourselves for having so many goalscoring opportunities without being able to score until the 83rd minute."
Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola also believes Di Matteo deserves to be appointed as the club's permanent manager.
Zola told Sportsweek on Radio Five Live: "Roberto, for what he has done this year, deserved to be the manager before this match.
"I hope Roberto will be the manger next year because he deserves that. But whatever he does he is a Chelsea legend, not only as a player but as a manager and that is quite an achievement."
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