It might seem self explanatory to say Rafa Benitez needs to get Chelsea back to winning ways, but in essence it’s that simple. When Benitez took the job just over a week ago Chelsea had not won in four games, dropping points against Manchester United, Swansea, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion which marked the end of Roberto Di Matteo’s reign as manager.
Benitez was hired as the interim manager on the 21st November and he started his Chelsea managerial career against Manchester City, which ended in a 0-0 draw. Benitez received a much anticipated unhappy reception at Stamford Bridge as boos echoed around the ground as soon as the fans caught a glimpse of their new manager.
Benitez has now led his team to two draws (Manchester City and Fulham) with his team failing to score on both occasions. Benitez side then traveled to Upton Park, where they were crushed 3-1 by newly promoted West Ham.
The ‘Chelsea rebellion’ against Benitez will not be easy to suppress, and with the disappointing performance of Fernando Torres being a constant talking point at the London club, Benitez does have work to do.
It might not excite Chelsea Chairman Roman Abramovich to see the likes of Frank Lampard, Victor Moses and Gary Cahill on the score sheet, but the fans will be overjoyed to see their team scoring again, especially if these goals mean the team start winning once more.
Rafa has a huge challenge ahead of him, and if he does slip up not only will the fans and Roman Abramovich let him know, so will the media. The Chelsea job is quickly becoming a similar situation to the England position, most managers would take it but not many would do the right job. England managers are highly criticised for every defeat and win, which is something that Benitez will have to get used to as Chelsea manager.
Benitez’s first task is to get the team scoring and winning games, once he achieves this he may be given money to spend in January which can then strengthen the squad. Whilst continuing to win games Benitez then needs to focus on getting Torres to score, when this happens not only will he have won over the fans he will also have impressed Roman Abramovich.
For the meantime, Rafa needs to inspire wins at the club and get Chelsea back in the title race before the Manchester club’s pull further away.
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This article was first posted on December 3, 2012