Chelsea caretaker boss Di Matteo: I was close to AVB

Roberto di Matteo insists he had a good relationship with former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas. Di Matteo takes charge tonight for their FA Cup replay against Birmingham City.

Roberto di Matteo insists he had a good relationship with former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Di Matteo takes charge tonight for their FA Cup replay against Birmingham City.

He told chelseafc.com: "It has been a very difficult 24 hours for a lot of people at the football club.

"Andre has brought some very good, positive ideas and changes to this football club and we will benefit from his changes. I enjoyed very much working with him and we will remain friends for the rest of our lives, but I will have to move on for this club and try my best with the players we have here."

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