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News and Links - Thursday 8th March

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Just a quick round up today, as the front page has already got the interesting stories covered, and there's not much going on Chelsea related, now the AVB furore has died. Links after the jump...

Zola backs Di Matteo to succeed | Football News | Sky Sports

Roberto has got a big opportunity and I personally believe he's got the qualities to do a good job. I really hope that he's going to do well. He's a Chelsea boy as well, he's a Chelsea hero, and so he's well represented."

Lionel Messi Wins The Sport Of Soccer: A Recap Of His Five-Goal Day In Video Form - SBNation.com
If Pep Guardiola was having any thoughts about coming to Chelsea this summer, Messi made sure to remind that he's swapping the world's best player for Fernando Torres and co.

And in other FA Cup replays... Tottenham Hotspur Vs. Stevenage, 2012 FA Cup: Spurs Through, Recover After Bad Start - Cartilage Free Captain

People will remember from a previous links post that I was in the 'Bring Podolski to Chelsea' boat, but it seems the German has chosen North London instead. He's moving for a mere 10.9 million euros, which seems cheap, until you factor in the 100,000 a week wages.

A Football Report - Who can lead Chelsea to success and re-establish an identity for the club?
Who can lead Chelsea to success and re-establish an identity for the club? It’s a question that has no easy answer, and A Football Report attempts to tackle it.

André Vilas-Boas: When pioneers try to change a conservative world | Arsenal Report
It's from an Arsenal fan, but it's a fantastic look at the implications of AVB at Chelsea and in the Premier League. Yeah, it's a bit flawed, but it's still good. Read one thing today? Read this.