ROBERTO Di MATTEO says he has proved nothing yet in his spell in charge of Chelsea – and warned his players that neither have they.


Interim boss Di Matteo has set his team a target of finishing in the top four and winning either the Champions League or the FA Cup for this troubled season at Stamford Bridge to be called a success.

Di Matteo has turned Chelsea around and guided them to the semi-finals of both competitions. But he refuses to admit he might be building an unquestionable case to owner Roman Abramovich to be handed the job permanently.

Chelsea face Wigan today in the afterglow of the midweek Champions League triumph over Benfica and Di Matteo’s players must refocus on the task of chasing fourth place – having been leapfrogged by Newcastle yesterday.

Chelsea have won seven and drawn one of nine games since their former midfielder Di Matteo took over from the hapless Andre Villas-Boas a month ago.

But he admitted: “I haven’t proved anything and we haven’t achieved anything yet.

“Yes, we have had good results and the group got together well to get them. But we need more to be able to say we’ve achieved anything.

“The credit goes to the players and the way they have reacted to the situation we were in. They have been great in trying to rectify that. It is a credit to them the way they have handled themselves.

“As a manager, you need your players. It’s down to them. Only they can influence the success of the club. I’m just trying to help them on the way.

“Obviously, it’s the ultimate challenge to be able to work with players at the top end and be able to fight for trophies and the top four. I’m just working my socks off to help them be successful.”

Chelsea have been linked with a number of candidates to take over permanently in the summer, including Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Fabio Capello, Rafa Benitez, Marcelo Bielsa and Jurgen Klopp.

But there are difficulties with all and, with each passing win, Di Matteo is steadily building his case.

But he warned: “Success this season would be finishing fourth and, on the way if we can, winning a trophy.” Chelsea go into today’s game five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and with a tough run-in made more complicated by FA Cup and Champions League games. And they have accused the game’s rulers of putting the interests of ITV ahead of fans’ safety and wellbeing.

Chelsea are still fuming at the FA’s refusal to change the kick-off time of their FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham from 6pm on Sunday, April 15.

A club spokesman said: “We’re bitterly disappointed with the FA’s reasoning, which appears to put TV considerations ahead of the safety issues and inconvenience to fans.”

Chelsea have made two approaches to the FA asking them to consider bringing forward a kick-off time which gives the club just 72 hours before the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.‘Finishing in fourth would be a success’