London, Nov 21: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo turned hero to zero just six months after taking over the reigns at Stamford Bridge. The Italian watched his side fall 3-0 against Juventus and face elimination after group rivals Shakhtar Donetsk qualified with a thumping 5-2 victory over Nordjaelland.
Owner Roman Abramovich decided to fire Di Matteo today following poor results in the Premier League and the stunning loss to Juventus in Europe on Tuesday.
Blues can now only hope that Shahktar beat Juventus, but having qualified already, the Ukrainians are likely to field a young squad against the Italian giants.
Chelsea's last group stage match is to be hardly of any importance against debutants Nordsjaelland of Denmark. The Danish champions have not won a single game in the group stages.
Currently third in Group E, the champions of Europe are set to exit if other results do not go in their favour and will be the first holders to exit the competition before Christmas.
Reports suggest that Chelsea are planning to bring in former Liverpool manager Benitez on a temporary basis but can the Spaniard help the champions of Europe survive in the best club competition in the world.
Chelsea will be taking part in the Club World Cup in December and could be crowned World Champions and play in the Europa League early next month.