Cahill Backs Under Fire Di Matteo
20 November 2012
Gary Cahill insists that Chelsea's players are fully behind manager Roberto Di Matteo.
The Italian enjoyed stunning success last season, after taking the reins at Stamford Bridge from Andre Villas Boas.
He guided the Blues to the FA Cup, and more importantly, to the Champions League trophy that owner Roman Abramovich had been fantasising about since buying the club.
Against his better judgement, Abramovich gave Di Matteo the full-time manager’s job after a showing of support from the Chelsea players.
But with the Blues suddenly finding wins in the Premier League hard to come by, and their Champions League defence in a tight spot too, Di Matteo is under a harsh spotlight.
The rumour mill suggests Abramovich’s sight is trained across the Atlantic towards the USA, where former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is winding down his sabbatical in New York.
It is claimed that the Russian oligarch is champing at the bit to make the Catalan tactician his latest Stamford Bridge pawn, and that the pressure is mounting on Di Matteo.
But defender Cahill says that Chelsea’s players feel Di Matteo is still the right man for the job.
"From last year, when he took the job, he did tremendously well and achieved such a lot in a short space of time,” the England international said of his club boss.
"We started the campaign really well. We're all behind him and he's definitely the right man.
"He proved it last year and I'm sure he will prove it this year as well.”
Cahill has also commented on the reports that Chelsea’s players lost their rag with one another, in the dressing room after losing to West Brom last weekend.
"In the short space of time I've been here, losing games is not acceptable. When you do lose, people are disappointed, hurt and upset,” he explained.
"Sometimes, things need to be said and I think it's great to have that reaction.
"I'd be worried if people were just going in, getting showered and then getting on the bus.
"What happens in the changing room stays there, but it's definitely a positive reaction when that happens in football."