Rafa Benitez – Little Red Riding Hood

The revolving door at Chelsea is a whirlwind of international and domestic experience, with managers being sacked quicker than a hiccup. As previously discussed, for the 9th time under Abramovich’s ownership within 10 years, a new manager sits at the helm of the Champions of Europe. That man’s name is Rafa Benitez. The Spaniard has since taken charge of one game so far, that being a dull, uneventful stalemate, with Champions Manchester City. Yet, the headlines for Chelsea are still negative and the pressure on Benitez is already mounting.

After almost 2 years out of the game, Rafa Benitez takes charge of a Chelsea side low on confidence and high on controversy. Following talk of yet more protests from the Chelsea fans, can the Spaniard even make it to the end of the season?

“If Chelsea are naive and pure then I’m Little Red Riding Hood.” – Rafa Benitez as Liverpool manager, 2007.

Boos echoed throughout Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon before, during and after the 0 – 0 draw with Manchester City. It was a hostile environment to say the least, with Benitez shrugging off the fans complaints. “When fans are singing for me or against me, I don’t care. I want to change the perception” claimed Benitez.

One has to ask, will the former Liverpool manager ever win over the Stamford Bridge faithful?

Benitez was booed when he appeared in the technical area and was subjected to abusive chants. Furthermore, in one of the corners of the stadium, several “Rafa Out” signs were visible, and chants for dismissed manager, Roberto Di Matteo were audible throughout the game, especially the 16th minute. During said minute, in respect of his accomplishments both as player and manager, Chelsea fans let their voices be heard with chants and applause for Di Matteo, a legend within the club’s history.

As Liverpool manager, Rafa once claimed “Chelsea is a big club with fantastic players, every manager wants to coach a such a big team. But I would never take that job, in respect for my former team at Liverpool, no matter what. For me there is only one club in England, and that’s Liverpool.”

Perhaps Benitez dug his own grave before he even took the manager’s position at Chelsea, with his allegiance to Liverpool and his negative comments towards the Blues, throughout his tenure at Anfield.

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