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Andriy Shevchenko backs Roberto Di Matteo

Shevchenko backs Di Matteo
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Andriy Shevchenko says that Chelsea winning the Champions League would be a massive boost for Roberto Di Matteo's claim to become permanent manager.

Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko believes that Roberto Di Matteo will have a great chance of being made permanent Blues boss if they win the Champions League.

The Londoners travel to Germany on Saturday to face Bayern Munich in the tournament final, and victory would gift Chelsea their first ever Champions League crown. The clash could be interim manager Di Matteo's last match in charge, although Shevchenko insists that a win may see the Italian handed the job.

"If Chelsea win the final, he will put a lot of pressure on Abramovich. Life is about taking opportunities," said Shevchenko.

"If Chelsea win the final, the situation and the future of the club will change.

"It's so important. Roberto, Chelsea, the fans, the club, have an opportunity to change the future. Chelsea always have chances because of the quality and experience of the players. Maybe he can take the job, you never know."

Shevchenko spent three years at Stamford Bridge after moving from AC Milan in 2006 for a then-British record fee of £30.8m.

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