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Abramovich’s admiration for Barcelona, on and off the field, hints at Chelsea’s next steps. He is said to covet the Spanish club’s former coach Pep Guardiola, who has left soccer after shaping the most admired team of modern times.

Guardiola seems unlikely to be tempted back so soon, even with Chelsea entering the Champions League and FIFA’s Club World Cup for continental champions played in Japan in December.

Abramovich’s desire for expansive, exciting soccer explained the hiring of Villas-Boas and the $80 million signing of Fernando Torres in January 2011. Torres was used as an impact substitute again in Munich.

The progressive young Portuguese coach unsettled Chelsea’s old guard. He dropped Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole for the season-changing defeat to Napoli in a round-of-16, first-leg match in February.

Villas-Boas was doomed by that 3-1 loss in Italy. Yet those same players helped Chelsea win the return 4-1 for Di Matteo, and guided the team to its Champions League title more through dogged resistance than flowing play.

Bayern had 35 shots to Chelsea’s nine, and 20 corners to just one, which Chelsea used to great effect. Mata’s delivery was powered into the net by Drogba.

It was a triumph in true Chelsea style, and could yet prove the end of an era.

Buck said the club intends to appoint a permanent manager before a pre-season tour of the United States that starts against Seattle Sounders on July 18.

Di Matteo spoke with Abramovich in Munich’s Allianz Arena but did not reveal details of the conversation.

“He looked very happy,” the 41-year-old coach said. “Whatever the future holds for me I’d be happy. Whatever the club decides, I’ll respect it.”