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After the big win: news still tumbling out of Chelsea

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Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo, right, looks at UEFA president Michel Platini as he holds the trophy at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Bayern Munich and Chelsea in Munich, Germany Saturday May 19, 2012. Chelsea’s Didier Drogba scored the decisive penalty in the shootout as Chelsea beat Bayern Munich to win the Champions League final after a dramatic 1-1 draw on Saturday. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)


The stories are rolling out of West London like shiny new autos off the Detroit assembly line.

Chelsea captain John Terry says the Blues’ Champions League triumph isn’t the end of an era, but rather the beginning. That may be, but the current roster isn’t “beginning” anything. Terry (31), Ashley Cole (31), Frank Lampard (33) and Didier Drogba (34) are the backbone of the squad, along with a couple of other key figures.

When the “backbone” goes 30-something on you, it’s increasingly brittle, obviously.

Of course, there’s the ongoing saga of manager Roberto Di Matteo, who certainly deserves to hear of his fate at Stamford Bridge, one way or the other. If Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich still doesn’t think the man has done enough to inherit the manager’s chair a little while longer, a sentiment that certainly seems unwise at this point, there would presumably be takers lining up at Di Matteo’s door.

And of course there is a momentous decision ahead from man-of-the-moment striker Drogba, who may be on the move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua – the club that recently signed former Chelsea man Nicolas Anelka.

The hitch, as Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck explained to The Independent: “We really need to get the new manager on board before we can start talking about players.”

So we draw the circle back up to Di Matteo.

Clearly, things will remain interesting around Stamford Bridge for a few more days.