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The retired striker believes that the 41-year-old is worthy of such a task and called on the Switzerland-born coach to prove his capabilities at Stamford Bridge

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By Fabrizio Ponciroli

Former Italy international Fabrizio Ravanelli has praised new Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo.

The 41-year-old will take charge of Chelsea on an interim basis until the end of the season after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked on Sunday following a string of disappointing results.

Despite Di Matteo boasting a somewhat unimpressive CV, with coaching spells at Milton Keynes Dons and West Bromwich Albion, Ravanelli is confident that the Switzerland-born coach has the necessary qualities to guide the Blues.

"This is a great challenge, especially if we consider that Chelsea are in the Champions League," Ravanelli told Goal.com.

"I think that this is a chance of a lifetime for Roberto, getting to coach Chelsea is something that does not happen everyday.

"I hope he fully enjoys this opportunity, he truly deserves it. I know him well, he is an extraordinary guy, I am happy for him."

Di Matteo, who played at FC Zurich and Lazio, among other clubs, before representing Chelsea between 1996 and 2002, will have a baptism of fire, as the Blues take on Birmingham in a replay of their FA Cup fifth-round tie on Tuesday.

Chelsea lie in fifth position in the Premier League table, three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

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