Roberto Di Matteo insists it is right that Chelsea should play in the Champions League after winning the trophy – a victory that means the Blues’ London rivals Tottenham miss out.
Spurs’ fourth-placed finish would usually take them into the competition but the dramatic triumph by Chelsea, who finished sixth, means they take part in next season’s tournament by virtue of being the holders, and Harry Redknapp’s side will play in the Europa League.
“The winner of the competition should automatically qualify, whether it’s unfair is not for me to judge,” said Di Matteo.
“Harry Redknapp has done an extremely good job but we’re pleased for ourselves. Nobody would have favoured us but we managed to do it and we’re very happy.
“It’s a huge difference for the future of the club. We always said it was crucial to be involved in the Champions League. Wnning puts us in next year so it’s a double whammy in a positive sense.”
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