Benitiez Under Fire
Sat in my favourite comfy armchair yesterday afternoon, mulling over what I`d just witnessed at Griffin Park, I realized that watching Chelsea these days is far from comfortable.
If we`d have lost yesterday, joining the likes of Norwich, Liverpool and Spurs as teams who exited the 4th round to sides from lower divisions, I`d have had no arguments.
Something is clearly very amiss at the home of the Champions of Europe and that glorious night of 19th May seems an absolute eternity away.
The air of discontent, at the way things are going, from the Vital Chelsea membership continues to generate a healthy debate with, I`d hazard a guess opinion split down the middle as far as our interim manager Rafa Benitez, goes.
Yesterday, at Griffin Park, Rafa was forced to run the gauntlet at half time. Walking past the away support, it was noticeable that there was more than one vitriolic comment being hurled in his general direction.
Clearly visible, hung at the back of the stand housing the Chelsea support, was a RAFA OUT banner whilst chants filled the air of "You don`t know what you`re doing." at various stages of the match!
Responding to the taunts, in his post match interview, Rafa commented,
"I guarantee that sending on Juan Mata and changing the game showed we do know what we are doing."
Some might question that bringing Cesar Azpilicueta for Branislav Ivanovic when we were chasing the game might be a questionable decision and also delaying bringing on Demba Ba until it was almost too late another.
But, continuing, Rafa filled us in, just in case you`d forgotten it, with what kind of season this is, further remarking,
"It is a transition period at the club. They wanted a manager with experience and I will try to do my best."
Does the word dinosaur in the modern game spring to mind?
And as for the shambles of a display we produced yesterday, a performance many rate as being our worst for ages, the interim manager further added,
"We didn`t do what we had talked about and made too many mistakes."
"We were giving the ball in simple situations."
"If you don`t do well in the first minute of this kind of game the other team grow in confidence and it becomes more difficult."
"But I was really pleased with the reaction in the second half."
"The quality and character we showed was much better."
Indeed it was, but then again are you (Rafa) not the person responsible for motivating those who you select?
Earlier, I questioned whether there was something seriously amiss at Chelsea Football Club, is it that Rafa, with all his Liverpool history, is a square peg in a round hole or is it more serious, could he have lost the dressing room without ever really have it on board?
We`d be interested to hear your views!