Di Matteo will review Blues role

Di Matteo joined the Chelsea backroom staff this summer following

the appointment of Villas-Boas. The Italian had previously enjoyed

two relatively successful stints in management with MK Dons and

West Brom, where he won promotion to the Premier League before

being sacked in February. The 41-year-old, who played at Chelsea

for six years, was last weekend forced to deny rumours he wanted to

leave Stamford Bridge to return to management after being linked

with the hot seat at Portsmouth. The former Italy midfielder, whose

contract at Stamford Bridge runs out next summer, once again played

down reports he is unhappy at the west London club, but conceded he

does not know whether he will remain on the Blues coaching staff

next season. He said: “I’m very happy to be here. It’s my club. I

feel at home and Andre and I have developed a very good working

relationship, so it’s something we’ll discuss maybe at the end of

the season.” A 3-0 win over Wolves on Saturday marked the end of a

poor series of results that had left questions over Villas-Boas’

future at Chelsea. The Blues made good progress under the

34-year-old at the start of the season, but a run of four defeats

in seven games left the club fifth in the league and in danger of

not making the Champions League knockout stages for the first time

in the Roman Abramovich era. The Portuguese’s inexperience – this

is only his second full year in club management – has left doubts

about his potential to lead the Londoners to silverware, but Di

Matteo insists the former Porto boss is the man to lead Chelsea to

glory. “He’s very well-prepared and mature for his young age,” said

Di Matteo, who took his first management job at 38. “He knows he

has a very wide knowledge of the Premier League and football in

general. “There is a lot of focus on his age, but he’s a very

ambitious and talented manager and he knows his stuff.” Chelsea

have a chance to build on the victory over Wolves tomorrow when

they face Liverpool in the Carling Cup quarter-final at Stamford

Bridge. Despite fielding relatively youthful sides in the wins over

Fulham and Everton earlier in the competition, the Carling Cup

holds a special place in the hearts of Chelsea and of Di Matteo in

particular. Di Matteo scored the winning goal in the League Cup

final at Wembley in 1998, and seven years later the Blues won the

competition again in what was to be the first of six trophies won

under Jose Mourinho. Despite accusations the tournament has been

devalued in recent years, Di Matteo thinks lifting the cup in

February’s final could have a huge impact on the Blues’ push for

silverware in other competitions, and on Villas-Boas’ chances of

keeping his job. “(In 1998) it gave the team a real belief, a

momentum,” Di Matteo said. “Then and now are two different

situations, but it gave that team a good, positive effect to go on

and win the Cup Winners’ Cup and finish the season well. “This year

we’ve looked at it as a trophy for us to win. “It’s a chance to win

a cup. It can give a very positive momentum if you win a trophy in

that part of the season. “It’s the first one we can win and we are

still in all the competitions, so we have a chance to win them all.

“In terms of the manager, winning a trophy is always very