Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Players Have Duty to Rescue Season

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Players Have Duty to Rescue Season

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ROBERTO DI MATTEO has told Chelsea's players they had a "duty"to rescue the club's season as speculation intensified over Andre Villas-Boas' long-term replacement.

Di Matteo only took charge of his first training session yesterday morning after being appointed caretaker-manager until the end of the season.

But that did not prevent rumours continuing to circulate about who owner Roman Abramovich would turn to next.

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho are said to be the Russian's primary targets, but neither have commented yet on being linked with the job.

Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, reportedly sounded out prior to Villas-Boas' departure, did break his silence, and although he refused to say whether he wanted to succeed the Portuguese, he gave a pretty good sales pitch.

"Before, people were more patient, but now you have to win almost every week," Benitez said.

"I have experience in Spain and Italy and it is even worse there, after two or three games you are under pressure. …

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