Roberto Di Matteo
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo reacts during their Champions League soccer match against Juventus at Stamford Bridge in LondonReuters

Chelsea have sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo, who led the team to FA Cup and Champions League wins, reasoning that the recent performance of the team is not up to the expectations.

The decision of the club to sack Roberto Di Matteo came after Chelsea lost 0-3 to Juventus in a crucial UEFA Champions group match on Tuesday night.

Chelsea Football Club announced in a statement that they have parted ways with Roberto Di Matteo.

"The team's recent performances and results have not been good enough and the owner and the Board felt that a change was necessary now to keep the club moving in the right direction as we head into a vitally important part of the season," said a statement from the club.

"The club faces a difficult task ahead in qualifying for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League as well as maintaining a strong challenge for the top of the Premier League while competing in three other cup competitions. Our aim is to remain as competitive as possible and challenge strongly on all fronts.

"The owner and the Board would like to thank Roberto for all he has done for the club since taking over in March. Roberto helped guide us to an historic Champions League victory and a seventh FA Cup. We will never forget the huge contribution he has made to this club's history and he will always be welcome at Stamford Bridge," said the statement.

Di Matteo worked as the assistant manager of Chelsea before replacing Andre Villas-Boas as the manager in March.

Who Will Take Up the Top Post?

Chelsea have not announced the new manager but reports are doing the rounds that club owner Roman Abramovich admires former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola. It also reported that the club has approached former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez to take up the charge on a short-term basis.