DI MATTEO: FOCUSED ON THE FINAL

Roberto Di Matteo has been discussing his approach to coaching ahead of tonight's Champions League Final.

The Italian, interim first team coach since Andre Villas-Boas departed in early March, has overseen a turnaround in fortunes that would be completed should we lift the European Cup at the Allianz Arena this evening.

It has led to calls for the former Chelsea midfielder to be installed on a permanent basis, but the man himself insists he is thinking only of tonight's game and nothing beyond.

'I am very focused on the game, I don't know what the future will hold,' he said calmly. 'I'm not thinking personally. I just try to think about this team. I feel responsible about the club as well, it's a bit unselfish but it's the way I think.

'It's going to be difficult to win tomorrow because Bayern Munich is a fantastic team, and the rest will sort itself out.'

The players have praised Di Matteo's approach, and he explained that upon his temporary appointment he had to get confidence back into the squad.

'Confidence plays a big part in an athlete's life,' he said. 'It was important to remember these are fantastic football players and have been for many years. You don't lose it in half a season or so, so it was a question of reinstalling a bit of confidence in every player, and the group.

'You make your own destiny and faith. Chelsea have always done well reaching the last stages of this competition. You always need a little bit of luck in a cup competition as well.'

Di Matteo admitted however he has not yet thought about his pre-match team talk. 'I think it will very much depend on the environment in the dressing room,' he said. 'I don't have a script. I try to sense the atmosphere and then work off that. We don't have a movie, we have some different ideas we are going to use.'

Rest assured that by the time the teams emerge and the Champions League anthem rings out around the stadium, and millions of homes around the world, Di Matteo will have his men primed for battle.