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Chelsea fires manager Roberto Di Matteo

Updated: November 21, 2012, 6:48 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Roberto Di Matteo's reign as Chelsea manager ended Wednesday when he was fired six months after guiding the Blues to an unlikely Champions League title and replaced by Rafa Benitez.

Russian owner Roman Abramovich displayed his trademark ruthlessness by getting rid of Di Matteo with the defense of the European trophy in tatters following a 3-0 loss at Juventus on Tuesday.

"The team's recent performances and results have not been good enough and the owner and the board felt ...

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