Chelsea striker grateful to new manager for chance to shine

No Chelsea player has explicitly criticised Andre Villas-Boas since the Portuguese manager left Stamford Bridge, although it’s hard not draw the conclusion that the squad are a good deal happier now Roberto di Matteo is in charge.

Chelsea striker grateful to new manager for chance to shine

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March 28th, 2012

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The Italian has steered Chelsea through the last sixteen stage of the Champions League and the Blues are now closing in on a semi-final spot after winning 1-0 thanks to a late strike from Salomon Kalou.

The striker was a surprise name on the team sheet for Tuesday’s encounter and Kalou admitted after the match that he thought his Chelsea days were numbered under AVB, although he has a more positive view since the managerial change.

He said: “I have never put myself first before the club. I never think there is no way I shouldn’t have a future at the club.

“I work hard and showed that there is no reason why I shouldn’t be in the team.

“Robbie has come in and given me the opportunity to play more and I am very happy with that. My goal is to play and show that I should play more.”

Asked if it hurt Villas-Boas had not believed in him, he said: “As a football player, you want to be on the pitch but if the manager chooses to put you aside, there is nothing you can do.

“Maybe Andre was building a new team and he was maybe thinking I wasn’t part of the future of the club.”

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