After an impressive and convincing 4-0 victory over Stoke at the Britannia Stadium, Chelsea FC once again followed up with a disappointing 2-2 result against Southampton at Stamford Bridge. It is incredibly difficult to accept some of our recent results at home. We have some of the most talented players in the entire English Premiership and dropping points at home against clubs like Swansea, Queens Park Rangers and now Southampton is a sure cause for concern.
The majority of the blame from supporters is being aimed at Rafael Benitez the Chelsea interim Manager. Is it justified? In my humble opinion it is not. I am not of the opinion that Rafa is the right manager for our club and I hope that in the summer Chelsea FC will appoint a new manager. In all honesty most of the criticism being aimed at Rafa is completely ridiculous and unfair. We are living in the age of social media and there is no denying or hiding from that fact, but the amount of so called experts coming out of the closet after each and every single match has got to stop. Every person is entitled to their own opinion but any true blues supporter should at the very least have the decency to back their opinion with some sort of logic. I myself have tweeted #RafaOut on numerous occasions so I am not attacking the fans who share that opinion. It is however very important to remember that the only thing that should truly matter to us all is the good of Chelsea Football Club. Rafa is a proven manager with excellent credentials and is without question an excellent football mind.
The fact is we do not accept him because of his Liverpool connections and past statements he had made about the club. The man is not a blue and he is not pretending to be one either. He is however carrying himself with class and professionalism in the way he has handled this situation. He is doing his best to motivate the players and earn positive results on the pitch. He is a professional FOOTBALL MANAGER, his job is to do his best for any club he is working for and getting paid by. There is no question in my mind that Benitez is doing his absolute best for Chelsea because what is currently good for Chelsea is also good for Rafa and his career as a football manager. It is time WE as supporters of CHELSEA FC show some class and do our best to create a positive atmosphere at SW6. The run of excellent away form but terrible home form is not a coincidence.
Benitez and the team in all likelihood DO NOT feel very at home at Stamford Bridge currently and I for one do not blame them. For the first time in a very long time I am actually fearing playing Arsenal at Stamford Bridge and the main reason being the negative vibe surrounding the club at the moment. A perfect example is supporters booing Fernando Torres before he even steps on to the field. Its surely a good time to heckle our own striker when we desperately need a winning goal. Those supporters who participated in that behavior are an absolute joke. This Sunday when Arsenal visit SW6 the supporters as well as the players must be at their best otherwise I fear the result at full time.
During the Southampton post match interview Rafael Benitez did not dodge any difficult questions and stated that a club like Chelsea FC should have “no excuse” for giving up a two goal lead. To all you fine folks out there who are convinced these recent poor home results are entirely on Rafa please do me a favour and re-watch both of the goals we gave up against Southampton. Do you really believe Rafa told Azpilicueta, Cahill and company to defend so poorly? Every manager has preferences and tactics but in the end the players are the ones who need to step on to the pitch with focus and deliver under pressure. Hate him or not, Rafa is not responsible for kicking the ball on the pitch. I plead with you my CFCfamily that on Sunday regardless of where you are watching the match…Cheer THE BLUES on with all your heart and passion. WE DON’T CARE ABOUT RAFA…HE DON’T CARE ABOUT US…ALL WE CARE ABOUT IS CHELSEA FC!
Chelsea FC 2 Arsenal 1
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Written by Pawel Olender (263)