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The Blues interim head coach hailed his players’ response to the criticism
Chelsea interim head coach Roberto Di Matteo once again stepped away from the spotlight, leaving it to the Blues players to take the glory.
The west London club lifted the FA Cup for the fourth time in six years by beating Liverpool 2-1 thanks to goals from Ramires and Didier Drogba – Andy Carroll pulled one back for the Reds.
“I’m very happy for the players,” the interim head coach told ITV.
“We’ve been criticised this season. We’ve got a trophy and we still have a chance for another one.
“These players have made the club proud today and we came through it.”
The Italian was then pressed as to how it felt for him as a manager and Di Matteo admitted that he felt honoured to be given the chance.
“I think it’s quite a unique situation to win as a player and coach the team,” he added. “I feel honoured to have had this chance.
“We scored two very good goals.
“They pressed us hard in the second half. At the end of the day we scored two goals.”
The interim head coach felt that Carroll’s header had not crossed the line.
“I looked at the linesman and he never showed that it was in,” Di Matteo added. “It was difficult to see from where I was.”
But Di Matteo was not thinking about the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in two weeks time.
“We’ve got two Premier League games left,” the Italian stated. “We need to get results there and then we’ll look at Munich next week.”