David Luiz backs Di Matteo for the Chelsea job
Di Matteo took over from sacked head coach André Villas-Boas in March and helped the West Londoner’s win the UEFA Champions League title and the FA Cup.
Luiz admits he and his Chelsea team-mates are now hoping that the Italian will be appointed as the club's permanent manager, but insists that Villas-Boas still deserves some credit for his side's successful 2011-12 season.
''I insist that AVB is not a bad coach. He has played a part in the success of winning our titles,'' Luiz told The People.
''The players have worked very united with Di Matteo, though.
''He demanded us to fight more, show total discipline in our tactics and make much sacrifice.
''We want Di Matteo to continue, but the decision is in the hands of the owner.''