Roberto Di Matteo has revealed his surprise at the lack of Chelsea players in FIFA’s 23-man Ballon d’Or player of the year shortlist.
Former Blues front man Didier Drogba has been rewarded for his displays over the past 12 months with a place on the list of players, but Di Matteo believes more of his current crop should have featured following their Champions League success.
Di Matteo was named in the 10-man shortlist for FIFA’s coach of the year after guiding the club to its maiden Champions League title, and the 42-year-old said he is enjoying the “challenging job” at Stamford Bridge.
He added: “It is a privilege to be the manager of Chelsea and to work with these world-class players, trying to achieve success. It is a great, challenging job.”
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is favorite to win the award - if he does so he will become the first player to win the prize four years in a row.
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