West Brom star not surprised at Di Matteo’s success and hopes for good reception

14:44 16 November 2012

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo. Photo credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo. Photo credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS

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West Brom star Jonas Olsson was not surprised that Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has had the success he has had with the Stamford Bridge outfit.

Since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas in March the Italian has guided the Blues to the Champions League and FA Cup trophies.

Olsson said: “I’m not surprised he has done well. I think everyone is surprised how well he has done.

“He has won the FA Cup, the Champions League, and is doing well this year. I didn’t think anyone, not himself either, thought he was going to do that well.

“But I’m not surprised he has come in and done well because I know how big a name he is there and how well respected he is at the club. My hat goes off to him. It will be special Saturday.

“I remember last year we played them and we beat them and, after the game, Andre Villas-Boas was sacked.

“For Roberto, it will be special to come to the Hawthorns again. Hopefully he will get a good reception.”

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