Forget the 8-0 drubbing of Aston Villa. Forget beating Leeds at Elland Road, Southampton in the FA Cup and Stoke away last weekend. Chelsea have turned into Jekyll and Hyde under Benitez and I hope Roman Abramovich has taken note that Chelsea's season is turning from bad to worse.
It's all well and good beating these teams but if you cannot get the job done at home then it's pointless.
Under Benitez at Stamford Bridge so far, Chelsea's record is as follows:
Played 7, Won 2, Drawn 3 and Lost 2.
We beat FC Nordsjaelland and Aston Villa. We have drawn against Manchester City, Fulham and now Southampton and have been beaten by QPR and Swansea.
Do you think that's good enough as Chelsea manager? Should Roman Abramovich agree?
The biggest issue I have at the moment with Rafa Benitez apart from the fact that I do not want him here, is his team selections and substitutions in games, especially when we are under pressure to get the right result.
In the last three home games against QPR, Swansea and Southampton last night he has made ridiculous errors in judgement.
Against QPR he started without Juan Mata and Eden Hazard and went with Marin, Oscar and Moses. When it was clear that we needed to push harder for the win, he took Marin off for Hazard (which is right) but then Moses off for Mata and left Oscar on?
Against Swansea he started with Oscar out wide again next to Mata and Hazard. Chelsea were 1-0 down after 38 minutes of the first half but Benitez waited until the 80TH MINUTE to take Torres off and then the 82ND MINUTE to take Oscar off and bring Marko Marin on!. Changes should have been made earlier!.
Last night he played Oscar out wide AGAIN next to Juan Mata and Eden Hazard and things were going OK even though Oscar isn't suited playing in that position. Chelsea were 2-0 up and comfortable. Southampton score one goal and get back in the game on 57 minutes and then an equaliser on 74 minutes. There would have been around 20 minutes to play including injury time so ONLY then he decides to change things and once more makes the WRONG decision. He takes Lampard off for Torres and plays Torres out wide???
Rafa Benitez does not react to situations as they happen in games quick enough and when he does they are the wrong decisions. He cannot keep blaming the players, he has to take some responsibility for the teams he selects and the tactical substitutions he makes.
Look at Jose Mourinho for example. He always made substitutions in games reacting to a situation to try and change things for the better and quickly. Look at Sir Alex Ferguson he does the same. He doesn't sit around waiting for something to happen, he tried to affect the game quickly.
The thing is, Rafa Benitez has a remit to finish in the top four and to win a trophy this season and to him he will see that he has been a success this season at Chelsea if he does exactly that but it's time that we consider the fact that because of his failings in recent weeks, Chelsea could finish outside the top four AGAIN for the second season running and what happens then?
Will Roman and the Chelsea board do a Benitez and only react to this situation when it's too late?
It pains me to say this but Roman Abramovich will not make a change again and Rafa WILL remain in charge until May so we will have to continue to put up with watching him fail time and time again.
Why can't Roman Abramovich, Bruce Buck and Ron Gourlay sit down and take a look at ALL of Chelsea's performances under Rafa Benitez and then come back to me with an answer to my following question:
Has Rafa Benitez improved the team and taken us forward or are we worse off than we were under Di Matteo?If the answer is no, then there is only one thing left to do and let's be honest here, you aren't shy of doing it are you!?
RAFA OUT before it's too late!
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