Many believed a new era would be the beginning of successful times ahead for the club. Villas- Boas brought in the likes of Raul Meireles from Liverpool, Juan Mata from Valencia and Barcelona youth prospect Oriol Romeu in a bid to mount a challenge for the title.
|SUCCESS AND FAILURE: Mata and Villas-Boas|
So here Di Matteo was with the same group of players as what his predecessor had before winning the next four games including two wins in the FA Cup, a league win against Stoke before a 4-1 hammering against in form Napoli after trailing 3-1 in the first leg in Naples before suffering defeat at Manchester City.
|CHEERS: Di Matteo has turned their season around|
It has to be said, the best week of Di Matteo's Chelsea reign was last week when his side thrashed Tottenham in an FA Cup semi-final 5-1 before snatching a 1-0 win at home to Barcelona thanks to a Didier Drogba goal on the stroke of half time.
If the west London side can win tonight's second leg against Barca at the Nou Camp and stop the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta from finding a way through the defence it will show a fantastic achievement for a club that was, just a couple of months ago written off to win anything.
|THE THREE AMIGOS: Messi, Xavi and Iniesta|
|EYES ON THE PRIZE: Champions League is what Roman wants|
Football's a funny old game don't you think?!