Di Matteo plays down Barca style talk
Roberto Di Matteo has ruled out trying to change the way Chelsea play in order to emulate Barcelona's attractive passing style.
The Blues chief revolutionised the Londoners' fortunes when he took command of first-team affairs in March, after Andre Villas-Boas was shown the door following a disappointing campaign, as he went on to secure both the FA Cup and Champions League trophies.
Di Matteo's success was enough to persuade Blues owner Romand Abramovich to hand him the job on a permanent basis and the Italian has spent the summer splashing out £66million on the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Marko Marin to bolster the side.
While Abramovich has always had a desire to see Chelsea play like Spanish giants Barcelona, Di Matteo insists a massive overhaul of the club's playing style is not something that will happen overnight.
"There won't be radical changes," he said ahead of Sunday's Community Shield against Premier League champions Manchester City.
"Certainly, with the influence of the new players once they are integrated, they will be a bit different because they have different characteristics and abilities.
"I know we need to win games as well. But I don't think you can expect a completely different Chelsea overnight.
"The majority of the team are still here and, with those players, the club have been very successful already."
"Everybody would like to play like Barcelona, but the reality is there isn't another team in the world who play like them," added Di Matteo.
"It's a culture, a way of life, a style they've produced through the club for many, many years. The aim for a lot of teams and clubs is to get there.
"But, as far as I'm concerned, there isn't one who plays like Barca. And there's only one Lionel Messi around."