THE Champions League final will be Roberto Di Matteo's one-game job application for the post of permanent Chelsea boss – according to captain John Terry.
The interim first-team coach secured his place in Chelsea folklore on Saturday by securing his third FA Cup winners' medal with the club – two as a player, and one as manager of the side that beat Liverpool 2-1.
And his on-pitch leader is clear about what he wants to happen in the next fortnight.
Terry said of the Italian, who stepped up from assistant to the sacked Andre Villas-Boas in March: “He's been incredible. (The managerial succession) is a decision that the board are obviously going to make.
"And hopefully with this win, and if we are going to go on and achieve greatness in this football club (in Munich in two weeks), we can make it very easy for the board.
“He's been exceptional.”
Terry said the former midfielder, who scored the opener after just 42 seconds in the 1997 final, had set the mood for a competition Blues were desperate to win.
Asked of Chelsea might write it off and concentrate on the league at any stage, Terry said: “No chance. Not with the way Robbie has memories of this competition himself personally, the football club as well."
Di Matteo also scored the winner for Chelsea in the 2000 final. Terry said he had always values the FA Cup over other tournaments as a boy.
“Growing up it's what I lived for really,” he said. “Probably in front of the league.
“I think that's turned a little bit, but when I was younger the FA Cup was probably the biggest competition in world football. And we've grown up with that. And the foreign guys, when they arrive, they know how much it means to this football club.”