DI MATTEO JOINS ELITE DISCUSSION
Roberto Di Matteo is this week back in the country of his birth, exchanging views and ideas with a selection of Europe's leading club managers.
He is taking part in the annual UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum in Switzerland, which was first held over a decade ago and is an opportunity for those attending to speak about trends in the game and express thoughts to the European governing body.
Previously the international calendar, transfer window dates, competition-specific balls and the impact of injuries and substitutions have been among the topics discussed.This week the coaches have the opportunity to speak with UEFA's chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina.
Among the other coaches joining Di Matteo at the two-day summit are Kasper Hjulmand and Mircea Lucescu from our Champions League group stage opponents FC Nordsjaelland and Shakhtar Donetsk, former Chelsea managers Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho, and also representing the Barclays Premier League, Arsene Wenger.
Ancelotti and Mourinho both attended when Chelsea manager, as did Luiz Felipe Scolari and Andre Villas-Boas.
Also present this year are:
Massimiliano Allegri (AC Milan), Frank de Boer (Ajax), John van den Brom (Anderlecht), Unai Emery (Spartak Moskva), René Girard (Montpellier), Kasper Hjulmand, Leonardo Jardim (Olympiacos), Jorge Jesus (Benfica), Ivan Jovanović (APOEL), Jürgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund), Vítor Pereira (Porto), Thomas Schaaf (Werder Bremen), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid), Luciano Spalletti (Zenit St Petersburg), Fatih Terim (Galatasaray) and Tito Vilanova (Barcelona).