With team on brink of Champions League elimination, Chelsea fires coach Roberto Di Matteo,

Published November 21, 2012

| Associated Press

Chelsea has fired coach Roberto Di Matteo, one day after another loss in the Champions League has left the team on the brink of elimination.

Di Matteo took over last season after Andres Villas-Boas was fired and led Chelsea to its first Champions League title in May. But after a 3-0 loss to Juventus on Tuesday, the London club is in danger of becoming the first defending champion to fail to advance from the group stage.

Chelsea is in third place in Group E behind Shakhtar Donetsk and Juventus. The Blues next face Danish club Nordsjaelland, but they could still be eliminated even if they win depending on other results.

In the Premier League, Chelsea had been leading for much of the season but now is third behind Manchester City and Manchester United.

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