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Di Matteo to face old club Chelsea next month after being handed Schalke job

The Italian has been named as Jens Keller’s replacement at the Bundesliga side.

Di Matteo won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012.
Di Matteo won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012.
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GERMAN CLUB SCHALKE 04 said Tuesday it had appointed former Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo to replace the sacked Jens Keller.

Keller’s fate was sealed by a 2-1 defeat to Hoffenheim on Saturday, which left the Gelsenkirchen club 11th in the Bundesliga with just eight points from seven games.

Schalke are also third in their Champions League group after two draws in their first two matches. They face Chelsea at home on 25 November.

Di Matteo, 44, starred as a player for Italy and Chelsea and as caretaker manager led the London club to their first Champions League title in 2012.

He has also managed Premier League club West Bromwich Albion.

Keller had taken over at Schalke from Dutchman Huub Stevens in December 2012.

- © AFP, 2014

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