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 23

 

Latest Stories

30 minutes ago
Great Britain's Jenny Jones with her bronze medal won in the Sochi Winter Olympics (Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

Snowboarder Jenny Jones has issued a desperate plea for help after her laptop containing all of her photographs of her Olympic success was stolen from her car.

Read more
12:32
The cyclist's helmet camera captured the sickening moment that a car slammed into him [Picture from Youtube]

A cyclist was hit by a car in Romford, slammed into the windscreen and miraculously landed on his feet - and caught the whole thing on his helmet cam.

Read more
11:22
The trio lured their victim to a secluded part of Hampstead Heath (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

A woman lured her fiancé to a secluded part of Hampstead Heath before beating him to near death with the help of two other men so they could steal £200 from him.

Read more

Chelsea Transfer News

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Lionel Messi controls the ball against Kenneth Omeruo.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Quizzes

Guess the manager quiz. Here's a hint, it's not these four.

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more
Croatia's Daniel Prajnic, France's Paul Pogba and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo... three hair-raising World Cup stars (Picture: Archant/Getty)

The World Cup is a showcase of fantastic football... and terrible hairstyles. Try this quiz and test your knowledge of the wackiest barnets in Brazil.

Read more
World Cup countries quiz

It's about time you refreshed your brains about the countries competing in Brazil.

Read more
Which London club play their home games at this stadium...? (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Do you fancy yourself as a football ground buff? Test your stadium knowledge with this brilliant quiz.

Read more