Chelsea fires manager Roberto Di Matteo

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Chelsea fires manager Roberto Di Matteo

LONDON - Roberto Di Matteo’s reign as Chelsea manager ended Wednesday when he was fired six months after guiding the Blues to an unlikely Champions League title and replaced by Rafa Benitez.

Russian owner Roman Abramovich displayed his trademark ruthlessness by getting rid of Di Matteo with the defense of the European trophy in tatters following a 3-0 loss at Juventus on Tuesday.

Hours later, Benitez became the ninth manager in 12 years under Abramovich. Benitez, fired by Inter Milan in December 2010, previously coached Valencia and Liverpool, where he won the Champions League in 2005.

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