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Benitiez Under Fire

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!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday January 28 2013
Time: 12:59PM


hot Seat hot seat! tubby! heat hot seat!...he asked for it dint he?...I wish him all the best to the end of the season..then hopefuly the seat becomes too hot and he moves fat folks can have itchy asses...if the seat is hot enough!...lmao!!!!.......
28/01/2013 13:08:00
I think we all knew last year that our team weren't European cup winning quality at the time, and that it was just a matter of Karma rewarding us for something that we should have won 2ce in the 9 year period leading to last summer. Be that as it may, I can't really recall any chelsea manager that hasnt been under fire for one reason or the other, post Mourinho. We only need to look across the pond at Spuds to see how easy it easy to be kicked out of these one leg knockout cup competitions. I agree that RB is not our ideal manager 9 (not even close), but we should be careful of shooting ourselves in the foot and making things worse. The fact is Rafa'll be here till the end of the season (and not a day later i hope)...Isnt it more efficient to try to support him till then? amount of criticsm or booing or negative chanting will change that but the negativity (in whatever shape or form) can certainly affect our team performances esp at home... I am no Rafa fan (quite the contrary) but reality is never too far away from my thinking....All i care about is chelsea results and thinking objectively about what can improve them between now and the end of the season...criticising Rafa unrelengtingly isnt one of my recommended solutions #justsayin...I am also as disappointed (if not more) as most of you regarding our current performances, but lets keep supporting the team...
28/01/2013 13:33:00
Just hope he doesn't cost us a top 4 finish. Inconsistent performances here and there. The board is also partly to blame, selling and loaning out so many players without re-enforcements leaving a misfiring Torres upfront. I guess by now everyone now knows why RDM failed to qualify to the knockout stages of the CL.
28/01/2013 13:47:00
I dont think i have anything else to add after going through your comment @johnny,it echoed my sentiment in no less or more ways. Well said!!
28/01/2013 14:04:00
Rafa is not the man for Chelsea. We all know that. The bigger problem as I see it is the people behind the scenes who let Lukaku, De Bruyne, Essien, and many many more go out on Loan when we want them. Torres is also like a cancer. He puts no effort in, has lost any pace he had, cant shoot, cant run. He is pathetic and should be sacked as he is not doing what he is being paid for. Since he signed or us we have gone backwards. #TorresOut #RafaOut - Come back Jose please?
28/01/2013 14:06:00
Is sacking rafa the solution to our problems??
28/01/2013 14:16:00
Well said @johnnyoz
28/01/2013 14:17:00
we have to keep Rafa til end of season but we dont have to be happy about it... We dont want him to think that he can have the job full time... as long as he is reminded he is "interim" manager thats fine by me!
28/01/2013 14:22:00
absolute spot on Johnny. I have no time for Rafa either. But we have to support him and get the pressure off him, the team and everybody by trying to support the TEAM. note the "TEAM". let us pretend that he does not exist while we give the team full support it desperately needs especially at the bridge. Rafa may not be our cup of tea, but we can't deny that he knows his onions.
28/01/2013 14:32:00
Marco Materazzi has hit back at Rafa Benitez... in style! "I am a liar? Then he's skinny. I feel sorry for the fans of Chelsea" #CFC Hahaha...Materazzi its not been easy mate...Lol
28/01/2013 14:37:00
Dwonder - how does he know his onions? Have you seen his substitutions/heard his garbled explanations? He failed at Inter spectacularly, failed at Liverpool. Won with Valencia a long time ago when Barca and Real had the weakest teams they have ever had. He is still dining out on this success.
28/01/2013 14:50:00
@nely...Materazzi is a bad bad just wont keep quiet..we all know tubby is lying anyways...more than 2 inter players already confirmed Materazzi's position...."I am a liar? Then he's skinny....lmao...looool crazy dude.
28/01/2013 14:50:00
i think we need to bring a new midfielder like benat' we play well...but we give the ball away too easily...we need someone who can control the tempo of the game he can organize great counter attacks & give the ball to MAZAKAR higher up the them more freedom to show their magic
28/01/2013 15:09:00
just getting reports that ISCO has signed a new deal at Malaga...heck yet another one bites the dust!! #whatnow
28/01/2013 15:16:00
Everton will be signing Leroy Fer from FC Twente...He is Box to Box mdfielder and similar to Fellani...Does this give us hope of signing Fellani this window...The chances are remote....Really frustated by our midfield (pivot) perfomance, really hoping this happens
28/01/2013 15:30:00
Funkav,he did not fail at liverpool,u cant erase his success at valencia whether its a long time or not
28/01/2013 16:03:00
I'm a keen follower of the italian league,due to its technicality. There are similar signs of Rafa's reign at inter to his Chelsea reign right now. Fans at inter never warmed up to him as a replacement for Mourinho,not as vibrant as CFC fans detest him. Inter were struggling with injuries and squad depth,according to the players some of the injuries were attributed to Rafa's training style as it was pretty intensive and he got into a fight with Inter's chief medical officer over that. At CFC injuries,AFCON has affected our squad depth immensely as well. Rafa took to the media when he saw things were going downhill and complained about squad depth and took jabs at Moratti to give him a free hand in the transfer market,at a time Inter-Milan were trying to battle FFP and reduce the wage bill at the club,and he was ignored. He is gradually complaining to the media about our squad depth now and probably playing mind games about Chelsea not signing any player in this window. Then finally he threatened Morrati to sack him if he is not going to be given the cheque to jump into the transfer market,well Moratti obliged,and Rafa was sacked by email. Lol. Is he going to toll the same line at Chelsea? Would be interesting to keep an eye on his next few press briefing,depending on what happens in the transfer market within the next few days.
28/01/2013 16:54:00
Rafa cmon,do it! Do it Rafa! Threaten Roman to sack you! Cmon,you have the balls,do it!
28/01/2013 17:11:00
If we get behind Rafa,he will request a full contract and turn us into the next liverpool if thats granted. Rafa must go,i dont care if he goes now or at the end of the season,he just has to go.
28/01/2013 17:15:00
heres hoping nelyvanile
28/01/2013 17:15:00
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