Liverpool star: I hate Roberto Di Matteo

10:37 04 May 2012

Stewart Downing is gunning for revenge on Saturday

Stewart Downing is gunning for revenge on Saturday

Archant

Stewart Downing wants revenge for Middlesbrough’s 1997 cup final defeat

Stewart Downing has admitted that he hates Roberto Di Matteo after the Italian’s record-breaking strike put Chelsea on their way to victory over his beloved Middlesbrough in the 1997 FA Cup final.

The Blues’ current interim head coach netted after just 42 seconds in a game the west Londoners went on to win 2-0.

Downing looks set to start in tomorrow’s final for Liverpool and is desperate to win to make up for past heartbreak.

“I’ve hated him ever since!” Downing told the Daily Mail.

“We had got tickets off the club, who took us and our families down on the coach. It was a good day out but with bad memories of the final.

“What did I call him at the time? Nothing I could really repeat!”

Related articles


Live Blog Transfer Window Live July 28

 

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Chelsea news

Sunday, August 2, 2015
Chelsea FC Manager Jose Mourinho (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes he must strengthen his side’s defence before the start of the Premier League season.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
There were worries about Diego Costa and his hamstring but the striker trained fully on Friday. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Diego Costa will be fit to play in the Community Shield after he was photographed training with his Chelsea team-mates ahead of Sunday’s Wembley clash against Arsenal.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Jack Wilshere of Arsenal takes on Nathaniel Clyne but should either be in your fantasy team?  (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Having problems making that £100m Fantasy Premier League kitty stretch? Finding yourself stuck with Diego Poyet instead of Diego Costa? Then read the first of our fantasy football season previews.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho has revealed one of his techniques on the training ground that fires up his Chelsea players.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Petr Cech of Arsenal looks on (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger believes goalkeeper Petr Cech could still play at the top level for six years with Arsenal.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more
Terrific tea, creamy cakes and splendid sandwiches at Mews of Mayfair.

Celebrate a truly quintessentially British tradition with the chance of winning a luxurious Afternoon Tea for two people at Mews of Mayfair, complete with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Read more