Benitez to Chelsea

Rafael Benitez was last night confirmed as the interim manager at Chelsea after the chairman sacked Roberto Di Matteo yesterday morning.

In a strange 24 hours for the club, first Di Matteo left out £50 million pound striker Fernando Torres for a Champions League game they needed to win.

He started with Eden Hazard up front instead but the move backfired as Chelsea lost to Italian champions Juventus 3-0 and effectively became the first side who hold the trophy to go out in the group stage.

Roman Abramovich moved quickly as Di Matteo was sacked for the error. The decision was met with bemusement and resentment from former players and fans on twitter, as he became yet another manager to be sacked by the Russian.

With rumours circulating that Pep Guardiola was the man to take the helm, or former boss Jose Mourinho, the club appeared to be acting quickly to take steps for an interim manager, until they became available.

The candidate thus became Benitez who has a good track record. He won two La Liga titles with Valencia in the early 2000’s and won the Champions League and the FA Cup in his time with Liverpool.

It should also not be forgotten that he was the man that got Torres firing in goal after goal in his time in charge of the Spaniard.

However, whether he will be able to settle a sinking ship will be another matter, and can he manage those high profile sulkers that have been the issue for the other managers.

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