The former AC Milan coach is back at Stamford Bridge having overseen a rejuvenated Chelsea side, which is already six points clear at the top of the Premier League.
But the former Italy manager was also criticised by some of his former players, who were hoping for a different approach to the one he instigated at Milan.
“Di Matteo has been criticised for the new signings,” former Chelsea striker Paulo Dybala said.
Di Matteos players don’t have the technical ability of the ones that have come before them.” “
We were looking for a new model, a more structured approach, a new style of play.
Di Matteos players don’t have the technical ability of the ones that have come before them.”
“The way he coaches is a bit strange, because his players are good but they don’t understand what he wants to achieve.”
Chelsea’s new signings have come in the form of a forward and a defensive midfielder.
The former Brazil international Paulo Dyba, who played with Di Matteoos squad at the World Cup, says the team has a good idea of what to expect.
“I think this is the biggest change we have seen in a while,” Dybada told ESPN FC.
“This is a team that has always been about getting the ball up the pitch, and getting it into the box and playing.
The two signings of Brazilian international midfielder Paulo Dybas are also crucial to the Chelsea team’s shape. “
It’s been an amazing first season for us.”
The two signings of Brazilian international midfielder Paulo Dybas are also crucial to the Chelsea team’s shape.
“For us, Dybals is a very important player,” Chelsea’s head coach said.
With both the forwards and the defensive midfielder having experienced success in the Premier Leagues, Chelsea should be able to take their game to a new level, but Dybadas and Perisics will need to deliver if they want to make a lasting impression on the new coach.