19 weeks after,a Champions League exit,world Club cup tragedy,FA cup sem-final berth,League cup ouster,top four battle and Europa cup sailing,the Rafael Benitez era has been crafted after a best-selling flick.The thespians,viewers and makers have given us a story to be engrossed in and follow.The fans of the self-acclaimed Pride of London have never hidden their dislike for the Spanish soccer technocrat and he in return has shown no sign of being perturbed.He keeps going about his interim managerial duties with his well-known style of getting things done(squad rotation et al).All these have seemingly pointed to the possibility of a script being played out by the 52-year old experienced manager.
Roman Abrahamovich’s executive administration may be questionable considering the ruthlessness stamp,personal imposition,pecuniaryy flaunt & gratitude lack but truth be said,it has brought him trophies.And that’s what a club’s largesse and legacy are about.Despite these,a lot of us were taken aback by his decision to hire Rafa,a foe of the London club in his time of handling the Kops.Deed’s been done,the results might never get undone.What if this script had long been written and on November 11,2012,the writer had this grin of a victorious creator of a thrilling saga.
The events of the past few weeks have brought this thought of mine to the fore.Nothing could have been done about the Champions League exit,may be the Corinthians hammering couldn’t have been avoided,may be the loss to Swansea was divine but there are reasons for thoughts like mine to arise.When your selections keep showing a penchant for regression than progression,brows must be raised. Against Manchester United in the FA Cup 6th round 1st leg,the defensive midfield position was ABSENT until Mikel’s introduction as a substitute;against Southampton the other day,that combination of Oscar,Marin & Moses that also didn’t work against QPR in that painful home loss was used.The regular use of Torres(I know he had a brace in his last game) even with his awful form compared to Ba’s better output,poor defence rotation favouring the erratic and rash David Luiz making the duo of Ivanovic & Terry rusty,continued questionable midfield rotations and more point to the fact that Benitez’s intentions for Chelsea are questionable.Finishing in the top four is Chelsea’s utmost priority,why sacrifice a league match for an FA cup sem-final showdown with Manchester City that you have no guarantee of winning?
So my thought is what if Benitez’s script reads the winning of (a) trophy(ies) & a top four struggle cum eventual loss? Adding to the trophy cabinet bolsters his credentials,a top four loss makes it impossible for Chelsea to win over a top coach to take over in the summer.These would make his interim post approach the “permanent site”.Perhaps that he desires,the next six weeks would dispel or fuel this suspicion.I watch in interest and hope the best comes to the Russian billionaire’s nest!