Rafael Benitez waiting for more abuse from the Chelsea supporters
Will Chelsea land a top four position in the Premier League and a piece of silverware this season? Or will the hectic fixture schedule see the season end in disappointment?
March 13th, 2013
Rafael Benitez is clearly fighting a losing battle whatever happens, with the Spaniard set to leave the club in the summer and he’s given up trying to appease a set of supporters who have been staunch opponents of the manager since he replaced Roberto Di Matteo.
The fixtures come thick and fast in the next few weeks including an FA Cup quarter final replay against Manchester United, although Benitez is waiting for the criticism to come his way.
“Maybe somebody else will blame me,” said Benítez with a wry smile. “They will say it’s my fault, because everything is my fault. If something is wrong some people want to blame me, I have to manage this too. I will try to lead by example and concentrate on the next game. My job is to be sure that we compete in every competition.”
He said: “It is important for us to have shown against a top side that we can do it. Doing it at Old Trafford shows it and we can hopefully keep the momentum going.”
“It depends on those players that recover quickly and are fit. Others are older and need more time. You have to analyse everything and decide, and still you get criticised. If you lose it’s ‘you pick the wrong player’. It’s quite difficult.”