Roberto Di Matteo

Chelsea look to Club World Cup to kickstart season

Chelsea's Fernando Torres arrives at a ground for a training session in Yokohama. Photo: AFP

Spanish striker Fernando Torres says winning the Club World Cup would not make up for the disappointment of Chelsea's embarrassingly early exit from the Champions League.

Wednesday, 12 December, 2012, 2:37am

In-form City can take advantage of Chelsea

Chelsea's new interim manager Rafael Benitez.

Two bets stand out in this weekend's English Premier League programme and one of them is in the big match between Chelsea and Manchester City. The reigning champions have the edge and not only because of Chelsea's slump in form that led to the sacking of Roberto di Matteo on Wednesday, the morning after their 3-0 defeat at Juventus in the Champions League.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:33am

Ruthless streak of Abramovich may be sign of genius

Robert Di Matteo, the seventh manager sacked by Roman Abramovich

Stuck for a Christmas present to buy your favourite Chelsea fan? Then why not buy a set of Russian dolls - the small painted wooden figures that decrease in size and are placed inside one another. You can easily obtain matryoshkas in discounted bulk from any Guangdong factory listed under "cultural tack" on Alibaba, and they are easy to modify.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:06am

Who said it?

Premier Wen Jiabao

For the ideal that I hold dear to my heart, I'd not regret a thousand times to die

Premier Wen Jiabao quoting verses from poet Qu Yuan


At Chelsea, I think another sacking is just like any other day at the office

Former Chelsea soccer boss Andre Villas-Boas on the dismissal of his successor, Roberto Di Matteo


23 Nov 2012 - 2:22am

Rafa Benitez takes Chelsea hot seat as Roberto Di Matteo sacking draws flak

Rafa Benitez

Newly appointed as Chelsea's latest interim coach, Rafael Benitez could be forgiven for wondering whether he has accepted a poisoned chalice.

The dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo on Wednesday means eight coaches have now been and gone during the nine-year tenure of owner Roman Abramovich.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:12am

Roberto Di Matteo says Chelsea need more defence

Roberto di Matteo

Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has hinted strongly that his team may abandon their attacking style in favour of a more defensive mentality after their 2-1 loss at West Bromwich Albion.

He is concerned by his team's slump in form after seeing the European champions take just two points from four games.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:16am

Chelsea sweat on John Terry injury after Liverpool score late equaliser

John Terry grimaces in agony following a collision with Luis Suarez after the Chelsea defender had put his side 1-0 up against Liverpool, scoring his 50th goal for the club with a header from a corner. Photo: AFP

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo was fearing the worst after John Terry sustained a knee injury during the 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

13 Nov 2012 - 4:29am

Chelsea face 'bogey team' Liverpool

Di Matteo

Roberto Di Matteo admits Liverpool have become Chelsea's "bogey team" ahead of the visit of Brendan Rodgers' side to Stamford Bridge today.

11 Nov 2012 - 4:09am

Di Matteo urges Chelsea to tighten after narrow win

Chelsea's John Obi Mikel challenges Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Roberto di Matteo says Chelsea must tighten up defensively after seeing his side revitalise their Champions League title defence with a last-ditch 3-2 win at home to Shakhtar Donetsk.

9 Nov 2012 - 2:40am

Chelsea boss rails at refs in spite of gaining revenge against Man U

Chelsea's David Luiz celebrates after scoring a penalty past Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard in a League Cup match the Blues won 5-4. Photo: AP

Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo has questioned his team's treatment at the hands of match officials in the wake of the club's controversial Premier League defeat by Manchester United last weekend.

2 Nov 2012 - 5:52am

Manchester United and Chelsea square up for League Cup clash

Chelsea accused referee Mark Clattenburg of using 'inappropriate language' at two players during Sunday's Premier League match against Manchester United, and lodged an official complaint with the Football Association.

Alex Ferguson has wished referee Lee Mason "good luck" in the League Cup tie tonight between Manchester United and Chelsea, just three days after their fiery Stamford Bridge clash ended in controversy.

The fallout from United's victory on Sunday is set to continue beyond this game, when the Premier League's top two will meet for the second time in a week.

31 Oct 2012 - 2:54am

Chelsea aim to bounce back against Manchester United

Roberto Di Matteo

Chelsea's flying start to the season was shattered by the midweek Champions League defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk, but their outstanding Premier League form ensures they face Manchester United tonight with no shortage of confidence.

A return of seven wins and a draw from their opening eight games means that Roberto Di Matteo's side will remain top whatever happens today.

28 Oct 2012 - 1:55am

Ryan Giggs lights the fuse ahead of Manchester United's visit to Chelsea

Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs lit the fuse on Manchester United's potentially explosive clash with Chelsea by claiming the Premier League leaders are not yet the finished article.

27 Oct 2012 - 4:15am

Chelsea's blues after Shakhtar Donetsk defeat

Chelsea's David Luiz fights for the ball with Shakhtar's Luiz Adriano during their Champions League match. Photo: AFP

Roberto Di Matteo's thoughts quickly turned to Chelsea's return game with Shakhtar Donetsk after seeing his side beaten 2-1 by the Ukrainian champions in Champions League group E.

25 Oct 2012 - 3:18am