The Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has said that he is extremely surprised to see not a lot of players from the current Chelsea team being nominated for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award. Chelsea managed to win the Champions League title last season by beating Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties. This has been seen as one of the greatest achievements by a team in the competition, as they not only managed to come back from very bad circumstances are numerous occasions, but he also managed to beat the best team in the world in the form of Barcelona. Only the Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo and the former striker Didier Drogba has been nominated for the FIFA Ballon d’Or awards this season.

This has somewhat surprised the Chelsea manager, who has said that there have been a number of players who were extremely influential for Chelsea last season. He feels that the Chelsea players have not been given enough credit for having lifted the Champions League. Even though the Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is the favourite to win the title this season, Roberto di Matteo has said that players like Juan Mata should have been recognised for their performances.

“That is a bit disappointing because as the winners of the Champions League you would have expected it to recognise the performances of our players. It is a hard one to explain, I’m not sure if they look a lot at the international games as well. It is a privilege to be the manager of Chelsea and to work with these world-class players, trying to achieve success. It is a great, challenging job,” said the Chelsea manager on the official website of the club. A number of Premier league players like Mario Balotelli, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie have been nominated for this award.