Home Uncategorized Some “Facts” For Rafa – #RafaOut In Numbers and Incompetence

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Across Di Matteo’s  21 games in charge in the 2012-13 season he encountered 6 defeats to Juventus, West Brom, Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester United, Athletico Madrid and Manchester City in the community shield, all (but West Brom respectively) top European footballing sides.

Aside from this, he won 11 games including away wins at Arsenal, Tottenham, a vital win against Shakhtar Donestk, and wins against Reading, Newcastle (games which Rafa Benitez collected 1 point from) and the Capital one cup victory against Manchester United. 4 draws occurred in his 21 games from games against Swansea away, Juventus, QPR at loftus road and against Liverpool.

Rafa Benitez has thus far taken control of 23 games, equalling the 6 games lost under Di Matteo, coming against Manchester City, QPR at home, West Ham, Swansea at home in the capital one cup semi final, Corinthians in the final of the club world cup, and Newcastle despite the fact we were leading.

As you can clearly see, aside from the Man City loss, clearly these are sides we should be beating without a doubt, compared to the European class we lost against under the stewardship of Di Matteo. Also 7 draws coming against, Brentford, Swansea (Semi final second leg), Southampton (at home where we were leading 2-0) Reading (despite the fact again we were leading 2-0) Manchester City at home and Fulham at home. Rafa Benitez also has a win percentage of 50% compared to Di Matteo’s 52.3%.

The question I pose is why we were so quick and rash to get rid of Di Matteo after 6 losses, where were a team in transition, lacked striker’s, played the free flowing Barcelona-esque attacking football, playing with footballing swagger admired by many at the start of the season with short eccentric passes, pressing high up the pitch, closing men down early, scoring 52 goals in 21 games. Yes we were vulnerable at the back, but of course the eccentricity of our attacking would have to come to a price, a system that we were still new to, a system that could be adapted with time, training and most importantly backing from the board.

Under Rafa Benitez we have looked brilliant on some occasions, and terrible on most others. That’s what we lack great consistency, when we are losing we lack any sort of drive, and seem to roll over easily, none of the character shown under Di Matteo when coming back from many losing positions, least to name our amazing champions league run last season. When winning we seem to lack any conviction when it comes to chances, and leads us to rueing the missed chances and thus drawing.

The tactical decisions Rafa Benitez makes bemuses many Chelsea fans, and when most of them do not come off, does anyone really expect us fans to not voice our displeasure at the appointment of him, and how it was a mistake to bring him to our football club and we are going backwards in terms of football.

On the pitch we seem to be shipping in long balls too much of the time to either  Torres, Oscar, Hazard or Mata neither of them are particularly aerially able. In losing positions, there seems to be a lack of emotion, eagerness to drive forward and get a vital goal.

Bottom line is the only reason Rafa Benitez has not been sacked is because three managers in one season would be seen as ludicrous by many involved in football management damaging our club further. So until the end of May we are stuck with Benitez, we have to hope we secure a top 4 position and move on from there and get back to the top footballing side we know we can be.

Kamal Sultan


  1. Well, he was out before he was in. The fans booed him at his first game, and I’m not entirely sure that the players took to him either. Maybe some of it was his fault. Maybe it was all about history. When Di Matteo left, the European campaign was effectively over and he had a win percentage of 53. How does this compare to Manchester United’s 80% and Manchester City’s (league only) 70%?

    Those are the numbers that top teams should be hitting and even if Benitez was a bad appointment, Di Matteo had to go. Also, Chelsea were not playing Barcelona-esque football under Di Matteo, and you seem to forget the disaster that was the Super Cup against Atletico Madrid.

  2. I agree with Florian, when he says Di Matteo’s win percentage wasn’t good enough for Chelsea. And I agree we weren’t playing Barcelona’s style. The team needed to shake things up and get back to winning ways.
    Di Matteo had only something like 7-8 months as our manager and, Jesus, he won our most important trophy ever! Also, Chelsea started 2012-2013 season playing AMAZING football. That said, of course he deserved benevolence from the board, resulting in more time to even try to get the team back on track.
    Also, there’s the Fernando Torres factor. I absolutely hate the spanish doll, to be honest. I don’t know if because of his terrible football and his never ending “bad moment” or because of those blind fans that still believe he’s great, the best, scores lots of goals and will retake his old form. I believe he was the main responsible for our bad moment, when Di Matteo was sacked. We were playing with a 10-man squad!
    I believe that, since Ba’s arrival, he would play only FA Cup and Europa League clashes if Di Matteo was still our manager, and only because Ba is cup tied. I also believe that Demba Ba would be scoring for fun if he were playing regularly.
    Our team lacks any will to win nowadays. I totally agree with the author when he says that we can’t turn games around anymore and it seems that few players seem to trust him as a leader (probably they know he’ll get sacked by May).
    After all these words (phew!), I believe sacking Di Matteo was a huge mistake by the board. He deserved more time, at least a whole season, to prove himself. Sacking him was only acceptable if we had a deal sealed with a top manager which, obviously, wasn’t the case.
    But the major mistake by Roman Abramovich concerning to managers, wasn’t sacking Di Matteo. When he sacked Carlo Ancelotti, a world-class manager, winner of 2 UEFA Champions League with Milan, and winner of a double with us, only because we didn’t win any trophies during ONE season, to appoint a guy that had no experience in coaching big teams, only one victorious season at much less significant leagues/cups, he showed to the world that Chelsea isn’t a serious and respectful place for managers. Now, only ONE top manager would agree to work with us, The Special One, and only because we have history together. Even Jurgen Klopp or Michael Laudrup, managers of smaller teams, said they wouldn’t work with us. That sad. That’s Roman’s fault.

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