Ex-Chelsea star backs Di Matteo

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Former-Chelsea left-back Graeme Le Saux thinks new Blues' boss Roberto Di Matteo is the right man for the job.

Le Saux was a teammate of Di Matteo's at Stamford Bridge from 1997 to 2002, and he backs his former-colleague to continue the good work after his appointment on a permanent basis earlier this month.

The ex-Italy international got the job on an interim contract after the departure of Andre Villas-Boas in March, and promptly led the Blues to a Champions League and FA Cup double.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has now appointed Di Matteo on a permanent deal, handing the Italian a two-year contract. And Le Saux thinks his old teammate will continue the impressive work next season.

"He's done a fantastic job already, and it just goes to show what you can achieve if you have the right philosophy and the players respond to you," said Le Saux. "You can tell from his experience as a player and his personality that he will be a good manager.

"He needs to get more consistency this season to continue that success, and with the right blend of players, I think he can do it."

Di Matteo will have a couple of new faces to choose from next season, after Abramovich splashed out to bring in Eden Hazard and Marko Marin. But with the talismanic Didier Drogba now departed, the new Chelsea boss will have to figure out a way to get Fernando Torres back to his best if the Blues are to build on their success last year.

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