From the moment Rafa Benitez took over the reins at Chelsea, he was booed, jeered and heckled by fans because of his previous dealings with the club while manager of Liverpool. Add that to the fact that many fans felt that club legend and Champions League winner, Roberto Di Matteo didn’t get a fair crack of the whip, and you have the basis for a toxic environment for the former Liverpool boss. To an outsider looking in, Rafa’s task was one that didn’t seem like the trouble it was worth. An interim boss who knows he’s only a short term fix.
But in his 6 months as manager, the Spaniard has managed to navigate Chelsea’s daunting fixture list with league and FA cup semi-finals, FA Cup World Club Final, and now today Europa League trophy. He was also able to secure a Champions League spot in what was a hotly contested run in. One would think that this would get the respect from the Chelsea faithful. Not a chance.
One of the most impressive achievements of the Benitez era at Chelsea ho