Roberto Di Matteo has insisted he has “no thoughts of revenge” when his Schalke side host Chelsea on Tuesday in the Champions League.
The Italian coach was key to Chelsea’s first ever Champions League title when he was caretaker in May 2012, earning him a two-year contract after the famous night in Munich.
However, Di Matteo was sacked after four months after failing to qualify from the group stages in the following season.
The 44-year-old, now at Schalke, will come face to face his former club on Tuesday, but he insisted that he was not after revenge.
“Honestly, I am not thinking about Munich 2012 that much,” he told reporters. “I am a person who looks forward, not backwards, I live in the present, even though lots of people keep reminding me of that match.
“I spent many years of my life at Chelsea and still know many people who work there. Players as well. But that’s more a private thing and has nothing to do with my job.
“Tomorrow, we will focus on our work, nothing else. I have no thoughts of revenge, I had a wonderful time there with lots of wonderful people.”