Life under Rafa

Friday 21st December 2012 16:28

Benitez: strange decision

Benitez: strange decision

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Chelsea FanZoner Sam Puleston still cannot understand the appointment of Rafa Benitez as manager.

Spaniard has his work cut out winning the fans over

Like most Chelsea fans I was shocked to hear that Di Matteo, the man who produced the greatest moment in Chelsea's history, was to be replaced by Rafa Benitez.

Every Chelsea fan would agree that Ambromovic has done wonders for the club but whoever his advisers are need to be sacked immediately. We have had to put up with a lot of changes under the Roman era however this one has proved to be a step too far.

I was at the Manchester City game where Chelsea fans so publically showed their disapproval towards the fat Spaniard and I have never seen such a hostile and hate fuelled revolt against a single person, since Colonel Gaddafi.

Seeing the man who so publically criticised Chelsea's players and fans in the past, in the Chelsea dugout with his trusty assistant Boudewijn Zenden sitting with the reserves all seems a bit surreal.

With mixed results since taking over, I don't think Chelsea fans will ever fully welcome Benitez to the club unless he wins the Premier League and the FA cup with Fernando Torres firing in the goals left, right and centre. Which realistically is not going to happen.

It's clear that Benitez has been brought in to try and real kindle the old 'El Nino' within Fernando Torres however it hasn't yet paid off. Despite the £50 million man showing glimpses of his former self, he hasn't managed to do this consistently.

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Instead Torres seems insistent on walking around blaming everyone else apart from himself, a bit like Charlie Sheen without the luxury of him scoring every week. I personally have lost all hope in the Spaniard and would rather see a big money move for someone like Falcao in Jaunuary, or even call back Lukaku to lead the lines.

So where are we now? As much as it pains me to say it, I believe we have overtaken Arsenal in becoming the new laughing stock of the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho once said "no player is bigger or more important than the team." This man built one of the most feared teams in Europe with a spine of Terry, Lampard and Drogba and a never say die attitude. Can we say this still exists with Chelsea's current team? After watching the hopeless 1-0 defeat to Corinthians I would have to say no.

We have spent so many years trying to recreate the powerful force we once were under the special one and as soon as it started to look possible we seem to have taken a step backwards. From looking like strong title contenders, it seems that we will yet again be battling for a champions league spot.

So what's next for Chelsea? The Blues have a great chance to win at least the Capital One Cup this season. We recovered from going a goal down to brush aside Leeds at Elland Road on Wednesday.

January is a great opportunity to carry on where we left off in the summer. If we can get a couple more big signings such as Falcao then I believe we can win some silverware this season. If not, then I believe a trophyless campaign is imminent.

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