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Chelsea plans for future as European champion
A European champion at last, Chelsea plots its future from a commanding position
By The Associated Press

MUNICH (AP) ' Chelsea can plot its future from an unexpected position of strength as champion of Europe following its dramatic upset of Bayern Munich.

Since Saturday, owner Roman Abramovich has the Champions League trophy he had craved since buying the club in 2003. He also has place in next season's competition, which is key to the club's business plan and status among Europe's elite teams.

Now the Russian billionaire and his advisers must decide if Chelsea's immediate future includes new contracts for inspirational interim coach Roberto di Matteo and forward Didier Drogba.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck says Di Matteo will merit "serious consideration," and talks with Drogba's agent are expected next week.

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