Rafa Benitez has made it perfectly clear that he’s leaving Chelsea at the end of the season, regardless of how he does between now and then and the fact he could guide Chelsea to a double before his departure.
Chelsea are on the verge of crucial Europa League match before a tense FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City at Wembley so it’s understandable that Chelsea fans would prefer his attention to be on these matches over a possible return to Anfield.
Benitez has always been very professional in terms of the way he coaches and manages his teams, he can sometimes lose it a little bit with the press, but he’s always pushed for the best possible results when it’s come to matches.
He’s doing a very respectable job in terms of keeping Chelsea in the top four because Champions League football is vitally important to the club in a financial sense and in terms of the calibre of coaches they can then approach to replace Benitez at the end of May.
Therefore, Chelsea fans shouldn’t read too much into his visions for the future because he’s a professional and he’ll do everything he possibly can to win both trophies for the club, as opposed to sabotaging their chances.
There is even a strong argument to suggest that Benitez shouldn’t care about the comments he’s just made to Marca or the implications they have because of the way he’s been treated ever since he joined the side as interim manager.
Benitez doesn’t really owe anything to Chelsea or their fans because of the verbal abuse he’s been made to endure, with several groups of Chelsea fans still singing Roberto Di Matteo’s match in any Chelsea game.
He’s a human being and it’s a simple reaction. He’s just looking back to a happier time at Liverpool and how he can back there because many Liverpool fans would welcome him back in the future with open arms.
He was that club’s most successful manager in 20 years so it’s only natural that he’s going to reminisce about the success he had at Anfield which included a Champions League win.
He’s not naïve enough to lose sight of the job Chelsea have to do this week and over the weekend, just because he’s been interviewed about the possibility of going back to a club which he still clearly adores.
If you’re a Chelsea fan and you’re not happy with the timing of his comments then give him some credit because you don’t win as many trophies as he has without being a half decent manager in various situations.
What do you make of the timing of Rafa’s comments?
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