Media Musings Blog Archive A begrudging thank Rafael Benitez time at Chelsea is up.
His tenure at Chelsea was doomed from the start, his appointment in November met with outrage by Blues fans who harbored a passionate hatred towards him dating back to his time as Liverpool manager. During the early stages of his tenure Benitez did little to endear himself to Chelsea fans, with his now infamous rant in February confirming that his relationship with the supporters, and apparently burberry items some of the players, could never be fixed. Some commentators believe his stint in West London was successful, while others couldn't be happier to see the back of him. Being burberry trench coat sale a Chelsea fan myself, it is admittedly hard to look past the history between Benitez and the club. He did, after all, have this to say about my beloved Blues back in 2005 "We (Liverpool) don't need to give away stupid plastic flags to our fans to wave, our supporters are always there with their hearts and that is all we need. Its the passion of the fans that helps us to win matches, not flags. Chelsea fans lack passion." But putting history aside, it is hard to view this season as anything but successful, on the park at least. Sure Chelsea failed to mount any significant challenge burberry clearance outlet locations for the Premier League title, finishing in third, a distant 14 points behind champions Manchester United. There was disappointment in the two domestic cups as well with the Blues knocked out in the semi finals of both the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup. However, these failures were more burberry stock online than made up for with qualification for the lucrative Champions League along with success in the Europa League. Off the park, Benitez relationship with Chelsea fans was essentially non existent. He knew from the outset the job was a poisoned chalice and Chelsea fans were quick to reiterate this point, with chants for the freshly fired Roberto Di Matteo echoing around Stamford Bridge in the 16th minute of every home game (16 was Di Matteo number during his playing days at the Club).
Considering the hatred among Chelsea and Liverpool supporters, particularly when Benitez was running the show at Anfield, I see nothing wrong with this treatment. But what I do believe is wrong his to not show at least some begrudging respect for Rafa now that his time at the Bridge is up. Much like this well written piece, I tend to think we as Chelsea fans owe Rafa this respect and, as hard as it is to say, a thank you for what he did at the Club this season.
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