Roberto Di Matteo used a little bit of ego massaging to restore Chelsea's fortunes when he was asked to replace axed manager Andre Villas-Boas.
Di Matteo delivered his first trophy to Stamford Bridge on Saturday when his side held off a second-half Liverpool rally to secure a 2-1 Wembley win in the FA Cup final. The biggest prize will not be fought for until May 19, when the Blues take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
But already a sense of order has been restored at Chelsea following the chaos Villas-Boas' ill-fated stint created and Di Matteo admitted one of his first tasks was to remind his players how good they were. He said: "We are all human. When things don't go your way, sometimes you have some doubts. Every victory has just cemented their confidence."
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2012, All Rights Reserved.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms