Terry hopes Drogba, Di Matteo will stay
LONDON - Chelsea captain John Terry has called on club boss Roman Abramovich to ensure interim manager Roberto di Matteo and FA Cup final hero Didier Drogba remain at Stamford Bridge.
Terry led Chelsea to their fourth FA Cup triumph in six seasons as Liverpool were defeated 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday, but the England defender believes Di Matteo and Drogba deserve much of the credit for the Blues' recent revival.
Just two months ago, Chelsea's season looked in danger of imploding after Andre Villas-Boas's dismissal, yet now they are halfway to an FA Cup and Champions League double.
Di Matteo's calm, low-key approach has won over senior players such as Drogba and Frank Lampard, who felt snubbed by Villas-Boas.
They have responded with some heroic performances.
Di Matteo, however, still does not know if he will be given the job on a permanent basis, as Abramovich is reported to be considering offering Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho a return to the Bridge.
And while no one epitomises the Chelsea revival more than Drogba, his eighth goal in eight Wembley appearances came in what may prove his swan song at the famous stadium.
Drogba, out of contract at the end of the season, has yet to sign a new deal, but Terry has no doubts both he and Di Matteo must be kept on.
"Big players thrive on big occasions and Didier did that here," Terry said. "I hope he will stay. Throughout the world when people look at Chelsea they look at Didier and these kind of players.
"He loves the club. After the Champions League final hopefully something can be thrashed out and he stays."
Beating Bayern Munich in that Champions League final in the German club's own Allianz Arena on May 19 would surely convince Abramovich to keep Di Matteo as well as the aging but still dynamic Drogba.
Terry, who will be suspended for the final after his red card in the semifinal against Barcelona, certainly thinks so. "We fought very hard in the FA Cup. The togetherness has been incredible and Robbie deserves a lot of credit for that."