Rafa Benitez hasn’t really had a fair run as Chelsea boss.
There are a number of Chelsea supporters that never really gave Rafa Benitez a chance as Chelsea manager, the same group that still verbally abuse him to the very day.
He found himself landed with one of the most high profile jobs in football because of the premature sacking of Roberto Di Matteo.
It wasn’t his choice to get rid of Di Matteo but a good majority of Chelsea fans took the mental approach of ‘here’s in the job now, let’s get behind the team.
Benitez’s recent comments attacking Chelsea supporters are not aimed at every single fan, they are aimed at that group of fans who decided that they would abuse him come what may as soon as he was announced as interim manager.
It’s also that title which Benitez is perfectly reasonable in criticising. It gave off the impression and still does that Benitez was a make-shift, quick-fix solution as opposed to a proper manager who could take Chelsea forward.
It gave off the impression that he never really had the full authority as manager, which he rightly should do. If players didn’t like him then hey, he’s not going to be in the job for long anyway.
Chelsea haven’t been perfect by any means since he took over but they weren’t perfect under the previous regime or the one before that, at one point Benitez even had a better league record than Di Matteo.
The club also still has a chance of winning silverware on two fronts this season; the Europa League and the FA Cup.
Benitez could win both tournaments as well as securing a Champions League finish for Chelsea, which is the priority, and there would still be that small section of supporters rejoicing once he leaves the club for a new adventure.
Was he right to speak out? Probably not, but he’s human and there is only so much he can take when he’s just trying to do the best for the club and when he’s not done anything to deserve the criticism and abuse, other than take the job.
Chelsea could be in a much worse situation than they currently are but they could also be in a much better situation. Who’s to say that if Di Matteo had stayed on at the club, he wouldn’t have been sacked at the end of the season any way?
Chelsea fans, tell us how you feel.
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