Di Matteo dismisses future talk
Roberto Di Matteo has insisted he has not even thought about keeping his job ahead of Chelsea's Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
Last Updated: 19/05/12 9:00am
Roberto Di Matteo has insisted he has not even thought about keeping his job ahead of Chelsea's UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
The Italian is currently in caretaker charge and the final in Munich could be his last game at the helm.
A host of big names, including Pep Guardiola and Fabio Capello, have been linked with the Chelsea job as the club have yet to make a decision on Di Matteo's future.
The Italian revealed he had not even spoken to Blues owner Roman Abramovich about the prospect of being handed the reins full-time.
"We haven't had time, or it wasn't relevant, to have that conversation," said Di Matteo.
"We're all focusing on being successful."
He added: "I don't know what the future will hold. I'm entirely focused on this game."
Asked if it was easier for Chelsea to win the Champions League or for him to keep his job, Di Matteo said: "It'll be difficult to win tomorrow because Bayern Munich are a fantastic team.
"The rest will sort itself out."
Di Matteo, who has already guided Chelsea to FA Cup success this season, admits winning Europe's premier competition would be his best achievement.
He said: "I'm not thinking me personally. I try to think about the team, the group. I feel responsible about the club as well.
"Maybe it's a bit unselfish, but that's the way I think."
However, Di Matteo admitted he could have never envisaged what was to come when he began picking up the pieces of the doomed Andre Villas-Boas regime.
He said: "What happened to me was unexpected. I do believe that, to have a history and a legacy at a club, it's important to connect everyone to the supporters and people working in the club.
"You never know, but another ex-player could be in charge of Chelsea football club in the future."
Frank Lampard, who will captain Chelsea against Bayern, was asked whether he and other senior players would lobby Abramovich to keep Di Matteo on.
"People think that we ring up the owner now and again and decide who comes and who'll be sacked," Lampard said.
"That's not how it works at this club. It shouldn't be like that at any club.
"As a player, you do your best for the club. A decision like that is taken out of your hands.
"If you start thinking like that, you'll take your eyes off the ball.
"I won't think like that. But if we win, I'll be really happy for the manager."
The midfielder nevertheless praised the impact Di Matteo had made.
"He's been very clever in how he's managed the situation," he said.
"We were struggling for confidence on the pitch and, rather come in and make drastic changes, he spoke to everyone individually and created confidence in the group.
"We got wins, the Napoli game changed everything and from then on, quietly, he's done a perfect job.
"If anyone deserves to win this game, it's him."