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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.

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Match Facts (Pre-Norwich)

Posted: January 20, 2012 by GaryCRobertson in Chelsea, facts, pre-match, stats

Here are some stats and facts ahead of our game against Norwich:

Chelsea have won the last five clashes with Norwich in all competitions scoring three+ goals in each fixture (there have been exactly four goals scored in each of those last five meetings).

Norwich haven’t kept a clean sheet in their 10 Premier League games at Carrow Road this season. Poor.

Chelsea have won five of their last 12 Premier League away games (won 5, drawn 3, lost 4). Room for improvement.

Frank Lampard’s last four league goals have all upgraded draws into wins by a single-goal margin. Impact.

41% of the goals Norwich have scored have been headers, the highest proportion in the top flight (this is good seen as we haven’t conceded a goal from a corner this season).

Norwich have also conceded the lowest percentage of goals from headers (11%). Ball to feet tactic?

Chelsea have picked up the most cards in the Premier League this season (48 yellow, three reds). Brutal.

Chelsea have won the joint-highest proportion of aerial duels in the Premier League (58%). Towering.

The Blues have lost just one of their last nine Premier League matches (won 5, drawn 3, lost 1). Strong.

Chelsea have drawn 99 Premier League away games.

@GaryCRobertson

Match Facts (Pre-Sunderland)

Posted: January 14, 2012 by GaryCRobertson in Chelsea, England, English Premier League, facts, pre-match, stats

Here are some stats and facts ahead of our game against Sunderland:

Chelsea have won two of their last six home Premier League games (won 2, drawn 1, lost 3).

Chelsea have won 13 out of the last 14 Premier League clashes against Sunderland (won 13, lost 1).

There have been five 90th minute+ goals in the last six Premier League games between Chelsea and Sunderland.

Chelsea are the only team who have not conceded a goal from a corner this season.

There have been 35 goals scored across the last seven meetings involving Chelsea and Sunderland, with 3+ goals in each of those matches.

Chelsea have lost only one of their last eight Premier League games (won 4, drawn 3, lost 1).

Chelsea have kept one clean sheet in their last 12 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.

Sunderland have earned more points (13) since Martin O’Neill took over in six Premier League games than they managed in the 14 games before he took over this season (11).

Martin O’Neill has only won three Premier League games as a manager against Chelsea (won 3, drawn 6, lost 7).

Referee Phil Dowd has given more penalties away than any other referee in the Premier League this season (7).

@GaryCRobertson

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