Date:Thursday February 28 2013
After our FA Cup victory at Middlesborough, Rafa Benitez had no problem speaking his mind when asked by the press about the constant abuse he's been getting from the Chelsea fans.
He responded by saying:
"I will leave at the end of the season. The fans are not helping us. They are damaging the image of the club. They have to support the team instead of wasting time making banners.
"The fans do not create a good atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. They have to realise they are making a big mistake.
"They are putting pressure on the players.
"They could be playing Europa League again next season and not the Champions League, but I am a professional and I will do my job.
"The manager is the manager, one month, seven months, it does not matter. You are the manager.
"The people who run the club will know I am trying to do my best.
'The fans are not helping us. They have to support the team. They need to get behind us and stop wasting time.'
I said this when he was appointed - booing him, abusing him, displaying crappy banners is only doing one thing. Creating a poisonous atmosphere at the Bridge and not supporting the players at all. It's also making us a laughing stock of football. For feck's sake, we all know he's only here until the end of the season - we're in a scrap for fourth place and Champions League football next season, which we all crave, let's SUPPORT the club and ENCOURAGE them. Let's not waste our time and effort on abusing a man who is only here for another couple of months. Any upheaval now will be bad. We need to pull together and unite as one until the end of the season when a permanent change can be made.
Benitez is right. It's creating a bad atmosphere. The mindless fans hurling vile abuse at him are wasting their time as they could be supporting the players on the pitch instead.
Unfortunately, some vile idiots are ruining the image of our club when their passion could be much better directed elsewhere. Like actually supporting us and helping us to finish fourth. We may even win the Europa League, the FA Cup as well - who knows.
But seriously folks, let's direct that passion into other channels please. We're over the whole 'Rafa out' thing - it's going to happen, so forget about it. Focus on the club please. Focus on supporting the players. Forget Rafa, he's gone soon. Do yourselves, the club, the players, and other Chelsea fans a favour and get behind us until the end of the season. As Rafa says, you're doing more harm than good at the moment.
There, that's my rant over.
Date:Thursday February 28 2013
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