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And in doing so, he might also be doing something his predecessor couldn’t do towards the end of his reign: winning the public relations campaign.
All the talk and press conferences with Villas-Boas became obsessed with his style, philosophy and long-term focus, which detracted from the team’s performances.
Chelsea fan and ex-Blues player Di Matteo has returned all of that emphasis onto his club’s performances and welfare.
For once, the discussions are about whether Chelsea will win, not which factor is preventing Chelsea from winning.
And for once, the talk is about whether the manager will stay on, not whether he will leave.
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