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A Look Back At Rafa’s Reign

Posted: May 30, 2013 by GaryCRobertson in Benitez, Chelsea, facts, Legends, Rivals, stats

A drooping moustache reaches down to the finely trimmed goatee beard on the face of a plump man under pressure. Smartly dressed and seemingly emotionless on the outside, he ignores the direct taunts of negativity that are being channelled his way. He won’t have to put up with this for too long.

Rolling back the clock, it’s mid November 2012 and a club legend, Roberto Di Matteo, manager of the winning Chelsea side who battled to victory in the Champions League, has been shockingly sacked. Distraught, Chelsea fans far and wide, wish Di Matteo all the best and even more, after such a historic underdog journey to Munich and back again.

The worst is yet to come as former Liverpool manager, Rafa Benitez takes the reigns of the Chelsea side in the form of interim manager. Comments are churned up from his managerial past, a time when Benitez had publicly blasted Chelsea in the media about a number of things he felt distasteful.

“Rafa Out”, one of the most commonly used phrases regarding Chelsea FC’s managerial situation would refuse to go away. Some fans were more interested in expressing their disapproval to Benitez’s controversial appointment rather than urging the team on to win. The striking resemblance to an overweight Spanish waiter and Al from Toy Story 2 didn’t help matters. An instant but somewhat understandable hatred towards Benitez was born. Replacing a club legend with a former rival manager is never going to be an easy transition.

It’s easy to think that Benitez could have done a whole lot better with what he had at his disposal but it is crucial to appreciate that Chelsea were involved in 8 competitions this season. Obviously 3/8 of those competitions were only a game or two (for example Super Cup) but a competition nonetheless.

In terms of Benitez’s reputation, I came across some interesting statistics:

At Inter Milan, Benitez had a win percentage of 48%.

At Liverpool, Benitez had a win percentage of 56%.

At Valencia, Benitez had a win percentage of 54%.

At Tenerife, Benitez had a win percentage of 50%.

Now, this is the delightful one.  At Chelsea, Benitez managed around 48 games. 28 wins, 10 draws and 10 losses. In the process, the Chelsea team scored 99 goals and conceded 48. In percentage terms, that is a 58% win percentage which you’ll notice is higher than all other teams listed that Benitez has managed in his career. Not too bad for Rafa, eh?

This week, Benitez has departed and gone to Italy to manage Napoli, where already there is an apparent excitement about his appointment. (Just type in “Benitez Napoli figurines” in Google images and you’ll see what I mean)

What did you think about Benitez’s tenure as Chelsea manager? Let me know or tweet me @GaryCRobertson.

Gaffa Benitez’s Story

Posted: December 12, 2012 by GaryCRobertson in Benitez, Chelsea, Random, Rants

rafabenitezchThere is someone you hate. That person has a girlfriend who openly mocks you in front of people. Your “enemy” and her break up. She potters about with a small job here and there but gets sacked by her bosses. Things go very hush hush for her. Nobody hears anything regarding her whereabouts or what she does anymore.

Then all of a sudden and out of nowhere, she is your girlfriend. Life is tough with her. She refuses to apologise for what she said about you many moons ago but you then realise she may have valuable uses for a few months.

You know she won’t be your long term partner but you try very hard to see past that. You know who you’d like to marry but you must firstly get through this patch.

She then brings out certain strengths in you, ones you thought were deep and buried and lost forever. You are not sad, but not happy. You’re in a state of limbo.

Your mind is so focussed towards the future and what that may bring that you forget about the present. This moment – now.

But Rafa won’t be here for long. He’s here on a short term basis to try and salvage something for the season. Benitez has his disadvantages and the demons of his past heavily strained on his shoulders, however he also has his advantages. He is the controller of a strange muffled light at the end of a darkened tunnel.

His job is to expose that light and to keep it shining for as long as possible. Then one day, he will be gone…

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