Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo hopes to "bridge the gap" between his side and Manchester United and Manchester City in his first full season in charge, he told Chelsea TV.
Seems Roberto Di Matteo is the new manager of Chelsea. Interesting appointment... I mean, what has he ever won?From @GaryLineker on Twitter:
Newly-appointed permanent Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo says he has already started planning how to repeat the success of last season.
The Italian led the club to Champions League and FA Cup wins as caretaker boss and has been rewarded with a two-year deal.
"I'm obviously delighted to have been appointed as manager and first-team coach. We all achieved incredible success last season that made history for this great club," the 42-year-old told Chelsea's official website.
"Our aim is to continue building on that and I'm already planning and looking forward to the squad's return for pre-season."
– Ron Gourlay, Chelsea chief executive
"Roberto's quality was clear for all to see when he galvanised the squad last season and helped the club make history, and the owner and board are very pleased he will be continuing his good work.
"We all believed he was a young coach with much to offer when we first asked him to take charge of team affairs in March and the manner in which he worked with us, the players and all the staff, and the success that followed, made him the clear choice when it came to selecting the person to take us forward in the seasons to come."
Chelsea have confirmed they have appointed Roberto Di Matteo as their permanent manager and first-team coach on a two-year contract.
"Although he has set the bar very high in the short time he has been in charge, we know that Roberto is the right man to lead Chelsea on to further success," said a statement on Chelsea's official website.