Roberto di Matteo should get Chelsea job full-time – Marcel Desailly

Give Di Matteo the job, Roman! Desailly calls on Chelsea chief to stick with Italian

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10:57 GMT, 30 March 2012

Marcel Desailly has called on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to install Roberto di Matteo on a permanent basis.

Di Matteo has been handed the managerial reigns until the end of season after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked earlier this month.

Italian job: Desailly believes Di Matteo should be given the job on a full-time basis

Italian job: Desailly believes Di Matteo should be given the job on a full-time basis

And the Italian has taken the Blues to the brink of the Champions League semi-finals, whilst overseeing just one defeat in his seven games.

'Mr Abramovich will do whatever he wants but I would really love to see Di Matteo keep the post,' Desailly, who played alongside Di Matteo at Chelsea, told Goal.com.

'We are already hearing other coaches to come. Big names. Small names. Young. Old. But maybe the secret is to keep Di Matteo. Direct him on the mission and the vision the club have and see what is going to happen.

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'I really think that they should give him a chance and I hope he [Abramovich] will keep Di Matteo.'

Chelsea secured a crucial advantage in the first leg of the Champions League last-eight clash following a 1-0 win in Benfica on Tuesday.

And Desailly believes Di Matteo has to take a lot of the credit for the result.

Team-mates: Di Matteo and Desailly played together at Chelsea

Team-mates: Di Matteo and Desailly played together at Chelsea

'You can see the commitment of [Didier] Drogba, [Frank] Lampard and John Terry. It is because of Di Matteo.

'It is because Di Matteo has a clear message to them. England is a country where you give a chance to people. Di Matteo is today in a moment where you should be able to give him the chance.

'What is happening on the field, apart from the game against Tottenham, which was not a very high level game, the Napoli and Benfica games have shown that there is a spirit and something special.'