As Claudio Ranieri will no doubt attest, time moves fast in modern football. And Rui Vitoria is discovering that two trophy laden years with Benfica are being quickly forgotten with the Primeira Liga champions falling way below expectations this season.
Vitoria breathed fresh life into The Eagles when appointed in the summer of 2015 and has guided them to six trophies in just two seasons, including successive league titles including a first domestic treble since 1981.
And that’s without mentioning that fact that the 47-year-old also inspired Benfica to the Champions League quarter finals in 2015/16, the first time they have progressed beyond the group stages since 2011/12.
But it’s fair to say Vitoria’s third season at the helm is not following in the same wildly successful vein. Benfica may be just three points of the top of the Primeira Liga table but performances have dropped alarmingly and a previously imperious side now looks increasingly vulnerable.
But that is nothing compared to displays in Europe. Benfica are bottom of Group A with no points, one goal scored and 12 conceded. That 5-0 defeat away at Basel was nothing short of humiliating.
Consequently, with The Mirror reporting that Vitoria is open to taking over at managerless Premier League giants Everton, some Benfica fans would be more than happy to see him go.
Treble? What treble?
Take him— xICooOoo (@GFFBro) November 27, 2017
I'll pay with my own money to get him to leave— Malcolm Rodrigues (@Craquinovic) November 27, 2017
pleeeeeease take him— Cafi Floyd (@TheFloydian217) November 27, 2017
Please take him. I offer myself to pay for his trip.— Nuno Cavaco (@NunoCavac0) November 27, 2017
please take him im sick of his defensive bullcrap and same linups every week— alcino madeira (@cinoAus) November 27, 2017
I don’t want to be ungrateful with him bcuz je won a lot of titles with us os thank u Rui Vitória but the time has come to you to leave.— El Pistolero⚽️ (@dylan_costa00) November 23, 2017
Rui Vitoria makes Ventura look like Pep . #BanterEra@SLB— Brandon Sebastiao (@BrandonSLB) November 22, 2017
I agree but I'd rather Get Rui Vitoria out of Benfica— Mauzão (@ilCapoSoprano) November 22, 2017