Roberto Di Matteo: Football is an "addiction"

Di Matteo: Football is an
© PA Photos
Chelsea's Roberto Di Matteo explains his reasoning for going into management.

Chelsea head coach Roberto Di Matteo has admitted that he never used to have any intention of going into management.

The Italian was forced to retire at the age of 32 because of knee injury that he sustained while playing for the Blues.

When asked what made him backtrack and decide to move into management, the 42-year-old told the club's official website: "People change. I don't know what it was, age perhaps. I was still playing then.

"When you're a football man you are hooked, it's like an addiction. You can live without it for a little while but the addiction is always there, and I just felt at some point that I wanted to live those moments during the week where you are tense, you feel the adrenalin and the emotions that you don't get in another job.
I've had it all my life and I can live without it for a little while but it's always there, I had the fire in my belly again and wanted to do something in football.

"I still had a great time doing other things. There is a time in life for everything, and it was the right time for me after my injury to finish that chapter in my life, get away from it and then begin a new one.

"I think it helped me. It gave me some balance, but I didn't see coming back into football as unfinished business. I was very happy with my career. Some people finish their career with age, some others with injury and others with their own decision. Everybody is different but I never felt like it was unfinished business."

Chelsea won the Champions League and FA Cup under Di Matteo's guidance last season.

Daniel Sturridge
Read Next:
Liverpool eye Sturridge loan?
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
3Liverpool23138254282647
4Chelsea23145441162547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
6Arsenal23116641301139
7Burnley239771920-134
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
9Everton2376102538-1327
10Watford2375113342-926
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
13Bournemouth2366112435-1124
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
17Southampton2349102334-1121
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account