Di Matteo magic sets Chelsea on fire
Written by Palinyang Billy Gabriel
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Didier Drogba and Ramires scored for Chelsea in the FA cup finals on Saturday to bring a remarkable turnaround since Roberto Di Matteo took over as interim coach.
Andy Carroll's 64th minute strike for Liverpool brought the game to life for the last half-an-hour after Chelsea appeared to be coasting to a seventh FA Cup success and their fourth in six seasons but Di Matteo's side hung on to claim the spoils.
Their victory at Wembley Stadium in a match they dominated for the first hour keeps their momentum going for what could be an even greater trophy in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in two weeks' time.
A season that seemed a failure under Coach Andre Villas-Boas could now finish as the most successful in the club's history if they become European champions.
The club's campaign has been transformed under Di Matteo - who never lost at Wembley as a player - with just two defeats in 18 matches although he is still only their caretaker boss.
This victory and another against Bayern Munich on May 19 would make it seem almost impossible for Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich to give the job to anyone else other than Di Matteo.
If Chelsea does not win the Champions League they might miss out on playing in the competition altogether next season since they look likely to finish outside the top four in the Premier League.