Like all Chelsea fans, I was stunned to hear that RDM had been sacked yesterday morning. To make matters worse to hear that Rafa Benitez...

Like all Chelsea fans, I was stunned to hear that RDM had been sacked yesterday morning. To make matters worse to hear that Rafa Benitez was then earmarked as favourite to take over hardly put any of us in a better mood. Then finally, twelve hours after Di Matteo had cleared his desk we had confirmation that Roman Abramovich had put his trust in the Spaniard as "Interim Manager" until the end of the season. It was a dark day for Chelsea fans all over the world.

Question will be asked and will remain over the fact that Roman Abramovich has brought someone to manage our football club who has stated on record in the past:
“We don’t need to give away stupid plastic flags to our fans to wave. Chelsea fans lack passion.” Rafa Benitez 2007.
"Chelsea is a big club but I would never take that job, in respect for my former team at Liverpool, no matter what." Rafa Benitez 2007.
So what's changed? Nothing as far as the Chelsea fans are concerned and without question the reaction to his "appointment" has been hostile to say the least.

Why is it that Roman has chosen Rafa Benitez to come to rescue the team and our season, compared to other managers out there who are available?

As we all know, Harry Redknapp is out of work and for some could have been an option. Pep Guardiola who is believed to have been Roman's number one target for quite some time is on sabbatical but in saying that, who's to say that a mega money deal that he would find hard to resist couldn't be put on the table to encourage Guardiola to cut short his time away from the game?

I have said it before and will say it again, football is as much about man managing your players in addition to being tactically aware and this is an argument that Carlo Ancelotti, AVB and now Roberto Di Matteo have all failed in man managing Roman Abramovich's prime investment - Fernando Torres.

I will state right here, right now on record that Rafa Benitez has been employed by Roman to get the best out of him but I for one, do not blame Torres at all.

I saw a Tweet from one of the main Chelsea sites stating:
This isn't Fernando Torres FC!
...and they have a point but has it really come to this with Torres or are we reading into the whole situation with our striker too much?

Forgetting Torres for a moment, Benitez has the right credentials to take a team forward and to be successful and I don't think deep down that any Chelsea fan will deny his record and what he has achieved in the past. If he comes in here, tightens up our back four and defensive shape but continues with the attacking threat we have all seen that we have, it can only be a good thing. If however, is an uncertain word isn't it.

So what of the possibility of Fernando Torres working with Benitez once again? Surely it can only be of benefit to Chelsea? You would have to imagine it would be and although he is used to it ever since he signed for Chelsea, Fernando Torres is now under more pressure than ever before to deliver.

I stick by the same argument I have had on here for ages about Torres and that is the fact he is world class. Yes he hasn't set the world alight in a Chelsea shirt but has shown glimpses of doing so this season playing as our main man up top.

The problem is, and whether he had been asked to play that way in our new formation by RDM, Torres was caught out of position and got sucked into areas we simply do not need him to be in.

Dropping deep or playing wide is not the area we need to see Fernando Torres deployed as part of the framework of our side. Through the middle, playing just the width of the penalty box is where we need Torres to be just like he was at Liverpool and if Rafa can get that out of him again, to stop the encouragement to link up play in areas wide or deep, we could have one hell of a striker on our hands finally.

There will always be un-answered questions about Torres and why is it that he couldn't thrive under the three managers he has played under at Chelsea before this latest twist yesterday?

The fallout with AVB, arguing with RDM about taking a penalty in the shootout in Munich and speaking openly about coming through difficult times is something we have had to get used to with Torres. The fact that he was left on the bench against Juventus as RDM decided to play with a side without a recognised striker spoke volumes.

He strikes me as being someone that despite his immense talent and natural ability, he still needs to feel loved by the manager and have that arm around the shoulder to encourage him. Benitez has proven before that he is that man.

The simple fact remains that this appointment will go either one way or the other and I would love to travel six months into the future to see how our season plays out under Benitez.

Being a Chelsea fan since Roman took over, you have had to expect and accept the unexpected as far as the situation with the manager is concerned. To this day, I have never felt as down and deflated about a manager leaving as when it was announced that Jose Mourinho had left Chelsea. It felt that a part of me had died along with a part of our football club.

If anything, yesterday's sacking of Di Matteo left me feeling more shocked and surprised than anything but I will be honest, the appointment of Benitez has left me feeling deflated and concerned again. Of course nowhere near the extent of Mourinho but because of the fact it's Rafa.

For me, it's about my football club and the team that is the most important thing here, not the players or the manager because over time, people come and go. I am having to tell myself that exact statement over and over again right now because it's easy for you and me to go over the top about this latest appointment.

Forgetting who the person is, I just want to see my team back winning games first and foremost and looking like a team who are organised defensively. I don't want to see our players arguing with each other on the pitch, blaming each other as goals go flying in from all angles.

If the manager can come in, sort out those problems, pull everyone together and start to win games again keeping us in touch with the likes of City and United over the Christmas period in the league, that would be a start no matter who he is.

If you can add goals from a confident Fernando Torres to that equation then that's even better.

For now with all the hype that is to come in the next few days, be prepared for the press and media to go into overdrive about the manager and about Torres. There will be all sorts of crap being written.

As far as I am concerned after three previous managers have failed, Rafa Benitez is Roman Abramovich's final throw of the dice to get Fernando Torres (Roman's prize investment) firing again.

Bearing in mind the hostility and ill feeling from the fans towards Benitez, this is the biggest gamble Roman Abramovich has ever taken.

Carefree & KTBFFH!

Post a Comment

  1. What if its Torres who actually asked Benites to accept, eish!!



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Classic Football Shirts

Make sure you check out Dazzle Casino before and after Chelsea games!

The Art of Football

Find free bets and bonus offers at Betting Promo Codes today
Compare bookies free bet offers at to get a bonus
For the best football betting tips make sure to check out Tips Daddy for superior football predictions, expert accumulator tips, and in depth match previews. is dedicated to providing UK players with reviews and bonus offers from a variety of poker rooms that accept PayPal.
For the best Irish free bets try for a full range of betting bonuses available to Irish players
Get the best online bingo bonuses for Irish players at along with exclusive deposit bonuse

Diego Costa - Should he stay or should he go?

Looking to bet on football? then why not check out for the latest football specials and sign-up bonuses



Google +

The Football Blog Network

If in a hunt for a proper bookie, check out this betting site for proper comparison and ratings.
Get your Sky Bet Promo Code today for the internets best free bets and bookies offers.
Make sure you get one of these great betting offers for the next Chelsea game.
Take a look at the best gambling websites for betting on the football.
Providing the best online casino offers and latest sign up bonuses for UK players
High roller players from the United Kingdom choose the recommended Luxury Casino Mobile with VIP deposit bonuses and high comp points.
If you're looking for the best casino deposit bonuses take a look at to get the biggest bang for your buck on your initial deposit at all the best online casino sites
Guide to mobile slots games and online casino sites with instant play.
Find the best microgaming casinos for the UK and Canada with new video slots and more.
Get free spins and cash from UK online casinos that offer no deposit casino bonuses and 1 hour free play.
To compare free bets for betting on Chelsea visit
Play at Casino Legend today to get the biggest online casino bonuses available.
"For all those who enjoy a bet on side games and slots we recommend trying out the legendary slot here where you can get a range of deposit bonuses"
Fancy playing some casino slots online? Get the best ruby slippers slot machine bonuses and free spins available
Learn the ins and outs of poker, casino and what not, with an expert in anything related to betting. Go on Betminded and see for yourself.
Top online casino action. Head to Casino UK for the best online casino in the United Kingdom. If you’re a UK gambler & are new to the world of online gaming and want to learn more, is the site for you. They help you find the leading online casino on the internet.
Betting on the football? Make sure you claim the best free bet offers for 2016
Head on over to Free Bets No Deposit Required for the latest live football previews and free tips along with bundles of Free Bets No Deposit offers currently available from the UK Bookmakers.
Betting on Chelsea? Make sure you’re singed up to the best betting websites to get the most for your money.
For reviews of the UK’s leading bookies check out
Do you fancy free bets no deposit ?
Looking for value bets, accumulator tips or more betting odds? Find the best football betting tips over at
Football live scores and results on live football. All the latest football scores.
Before buying anything online, make sure that you look for promo codes at AwesomeCoupons to help save money on your purchase.
Play the best casino where you can win real money online
Visit New Casino Free Spins and get the best bonus offer from trusted operators.
Claim mega Chelsea enhanced odds we list all the latest enhanced odds offers and sign up bonuses from the best bookies, for huge prices on the big games visit enhanced odds bet £1,000+ in Free Bets + Betting Tips
Make sure you have a go on our Mobile Slots before and after Chelsea games!
If you're looking for the newest betting sites in the sports betting market today, then take a look at this extensive list from My Best Betting Sites, who provide a comprehensive list of sites that are new to the industry, but also have great reputations. offer an extensive range of the most popular bookies and the betting offers that they provide to all players upon sign up. They're a trusted source and we highly recommend them.
Get the best online free bets at Max Free Bets