Rafa came out all guns ablazing last night, in response to the continued hostility that he’s receiving from Chelsea fans, who are disgruntled at the state of their football team.
I have never been a big fan of Rafa Benitez but I do have great sympathy for him in this case. Whichever way you look at the situation, surely the fans should be bold enough to blame the owner?
The Chelsea faithful seem to be abusing Rafa because he took over from the highly popular Roberto Di Matteo. But Rafa had nothing to do with that. Abramovich sacked Di Matteo.
If the fans are unhappy with the job that Rafa is currently doing, why were they booing him even before the whistle blew for his first game? Regardless of Rafa’s sound bytes from his Liverpool past, surely the fans have to get behind their new boss for a while at least? Supporters can make a big difference to results. But Rafa was given a distinctly frosty reception from the Chelsea supporters which is always going to make it difficult to thrive.
Benitez wouldn’t be my first choice of coach. His PR and tactical skills are sometimes questionable. But he seems like a decent man who has been treated poorly in this case. It appears that he has become a scapegoat for the fans even though it’s plain to see that their ire has been created by the decision making of their owner. But, such has been the level of financial support from Abramovich over the last decade that the supporters seem fearful of upsetting him, despite the fact that his decisions have created the status quo. It’s not very sporting behaviour and it’s a very regrettable situation for Rafa Benitez.
Chelsea fans, please feel free to tell me that I’m wrong in the comments section
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