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Rafa Replies to Rant!

Entering the press room at Cobham yesterday (Friday), Rafa Benitez, following his Riverside rant, knew it would be a challenging experience.

But, with a smile on his face and a pleasant manner about him, it has to be said that the Spaniard, aware that he could face a hostile reception at Stamford Bridge this afternoon, when we play West Bromwich Albion, conducted himself quite well.

Speaking for about thirty minutes, Rafa talked about many things but at one stage seemed to drift off into almost what could be perceived a vocal curriculum vitae hidden amongst a company mantra when he remarked, to those in attendance,

"I have passion for football. I like to prepare games, to train and coach players. To win."

"Every single game for me is a challenge. Every single training session is a challenge."

"I try to do my best, prepare the tactics, the training sessions, the team. It`s part of my passion."

"I think that, if you analyse carefully what I said, what was trying to explain is that we will have 11 games to play, 33 points."

"If we stick together behind the team, it will be easier for us to get points."

"I have been training and coaching for 26years. I have always had principles, respect and education. That is the way I`ve achieved what I`ve achieved. We have 11 games to play."

"If we stick together, it will be easier ad we`ll get more points."

"I would like to see a fantastic atmosphere supporting the team - I`ll be happy with that."

It remains to be seen what Rafa gets this afternoon, but it`ll certainly be interesting!

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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 2 2013

Time: 12:18PM

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I think he's right, if everything goes south, the fans booing and the boards will only find themselves to blame.
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02/03/2013 12:27:00

hmm...I hope every single one of us (both fans at SB and others behind tv)...draws a line below this entire that we can finish the season decently...go chelsea...we desperately a top4 finish.
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02/03/2013 12:41:00

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02/03/2013 12:48:00

We are in this together
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02/03/2013 12:55:00

Rafa's outburst on wednesday was not a rant. It was pre-planned and he would surely be expecting a worst hostility today. The question is what was his intention and what happens after today. There is no need for us on vc to continue to play 'holier than thou'. When u see a spade, call it a spade. Rafa threatened the chelsea die-hard fans(those 2,000 away fans) with europa league spot if they dont stop booing him. But the idiot fail to realise that those fans have seen worst. Europa league isnt worst than relegation. He would deserve everything they haul at him today.
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02/03/2013 13:10:00

For heavens sake stop harming our own team with this booing crap and the 16th minute bull*****.It's time to move on and what Rafa has said is correct ,like it or not.
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02/03/2013 13:25:00

^^^@Mr. breeze Rafa was not totally correct...he was only partly correct mate....and you cant sit behind your system teaching fans who they should love or hate...the key need for us is to finish the season decently...and that will be a top4 finish...hopefully fans can see this and be persuaded within themselves to sacrifice a bit of the hatred for rafa...for the betterment of the entire team...they are within their right to vent their anger against rafa in what ever way they deem fit (except physical injury) as least he started it by calling them passionless and plastic (very irritating and chlidish comment actually), but they can choose for the sake of the team to pipe down a little kindly stop distorting reality by saying stuffs like 16th minute bulls.hit....I am not even sure you know where SB gate is...
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02/03/2013 13:47:00

@Layorh12 I am a season ticket holder for many years mate and even was present at Rafa's greatest moment when he masterminded a win against one of the greatest teams of all time.It's obvious you don't know much about football,there called AC Milan.
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02/03/2013 13:57:00

Nobody is teachin you how to support your team,if u feel booin is the best way to support them,then go ahead lets see the difference it would make
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02/03/2013 13:58:00

Ask how many of them would love to go back to the dark days
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02/03/2013 14:05:00

I am not sure he took this job for the money, I reckon he took it as a stepping stone to a permanent position in a top club. Look at me, I got Chelsea out of trouble, kind of thing. Now it's all going wrong, he is deflecting whatever he can to whoever he can, and blaming others. Makes me laugh in his press conference yesterday, about the 26 years training and coaching, he has respect, education & principles, blah, blah. He definitely realises he bit off more than he could chew, and is desperately trying to save his own future, not Chelsea's. What a w****er.
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02/03/2013 14:30:00

@mR. the breeze..thats some good insight into your boring a ''season ticket holder'', keep waiting until rafa is offered a 3 year deal, like you always clamour, you clown...
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02/03/2013 14:34:00

The question the rafa supporters need to ask is, is rafa doing what is expected of him as a coach? There answer would show how intelligent they are in this obsession of gathering support for him, I didn't hear any boo after 90 minutes today. My theory is, keep winning and they'll look stupid if they keep booing when u win, even if he doesn't win, and they see the effort and good football, they won't boo. Get on with it and stop complaining
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02/03/2013 17:38:00

@Desmond, I don't think this is a case of fans gathering support for him, I believe the majority of Chelsea fans will agree that his tactics etc have not been great and his appointment was a mistake, but fans backing your team from the stand can raise your game by 10%, it can make a player try that bit harder, a defender throw themselves in to a tackle etc. Totally agree with you that if he gets it right and there is still booing then, it's on the fans! He knows his days are numbered and he hasn't got it right, but I think by him saying what he said is not blaming anyone, but just to support the team regardless and let's see how the season finishes.
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04/03/2013 00:41:00


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