Saturday 19.05.2012 - Munchen, Germany
Chelsea FC - Champions of Europe 2011/12
For Chelsea, winning its first Champions League title ever, made Saturday the finest day in the club's history. But moving forward, it could have interesting implications for the team. And frankly, for the rest of the Premier League as well. Will it affect the transfer window? Will jobs be kept or lost over the result?
The most obvious result from Chelsea's win is that Tottenham is now pushed out of Champions League qualification. Despite finishing fourth in the league, Chelsea's victory gives them an automatic berth in next year's tournament. I guess you could consider the Spurs spurned in this case. As for Newcastle, they've lost their automatic bid to play in the Europa League, as Tottenham earned that right. Neither side can be very pleased with Chelsea's win yesterday.
And that brings us to the manager, Roberto Di Matteo ...
After taking over a floundering Chelsea team from Andre Villas-Boas in February, Di Matteo turned the tide and made this team into a Champions League winner. That should count for something, like another season at the helm. Of course, the possibility remains that Di Matteo could actually remain as an interim skipper if Roman Abramovich has his eye on a bigger prize. We all know he has earned another season as manager, but does Roman Abramovich feel he is the right man to make the London club a top European Club as the likes of Real Madrid, AC Milan & Liverpool ???