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Another bottle job from Sir Rafael of Benitez
« on: February 28, 2013, 09:08:42 AM »
Seems he can't handle the pressure from the club's supporters.

As the saying goes if you can't handle the pressure get out of the kitchen.....

And all of you lot want him back LOL Don't you people understand that the fanbase is completely split on Rafa thus the pressure he would experience would be akin to the pressure as Chelsea manager.

2 or 3 bad results and he'd be under immense scrutiny - not from management but from our fanbase.

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Re: Another bottle job from Sir Rafael of Benitez
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2013, 09:38:25 AM »
The fact he took the job in the first place is in itself proof of poor judgment. He may, unvolunterily though, do us a final favor as this could have a detrimental effect on Chelsea for the rest of the season.

Or as James Lawton of the Independent puts it:

All the angst of Rafael Benitez came spilling out last night and if some of it was understandable enough as it reflected the pain generated by one of the worst ordeals ever endured by a leading football man, there was too an inevitable response.

It said, "Really, Rafa what did you expect?"

Did you anticipate a bed of flowers as you came racing out of exile and into the shoes of a manager much respected, and even adored by some sections of the Chelsea support? Did you think that Roberto Di Matteo's extraordinary contribution to the affairs of a club which had repeatedly broken the normal operating rules of a successful football organisation, which had treated its managers with not much more dignity than might have been accorded a series of errant office boys, would be buried in the welcome for a man so widely disliked on the terraces of Stamford Bridge?

It would have been an improbably huge ask in any circumstances and of course it was impossible to imagine any that could have been worse when Benitez was introduced to his new club against a background of hostility quite unprecedented even in the turbulence of today's high pressure football.

There was even the savage irony of Benitez's arrival coinciding with the death of one of the great figures of Chelsea, the tough and beloved manager Dave Sexton.

Last night Benitez produced echoes of the American president Richard Nixon when he believed his political career was over long before his Watergate denouement. "You wont have me to kick around any longer," he told his worst critics," and that was the substance of Benitez's outburst after another night when Chelsea supporters reminded him that he was still so far anything like acceptance.

Chelsea won their Cup-tie at Middlesbrough but there was always the sound of anti-Benitez sentiment.

It was plainly breaking point for the man who believed that his power to transform Chelsea would sooner rather than later win him a new and more tranquil phase of a career which, after success at Valencia and the extraordinary Champions League success with Liverpool in Istanbul, ran into serious trouble at Anfield and then the humiliation of a swift ejection at Internazionale in the wake of his bitter foe, and Chelsea hero, Jose Mourinho.

Benitez can now hardly conceal his bitterness towards Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea hierarchy who made it clear that his reign at Stamford Bridge would never be more than a brief holding operation.

Unfortunately, Benitez was unable to hold together a situation always threatening to break at the seams.

He says that the club's refusal to grant him any more than interim status was a massive mistake but then there is something of a pattern in Benitez's attempts at crisis management. He has a tendency to apportion blame some way from his own direct responsibilities. At Liverpool the problem was the club's errant American ownership, yet never satisfactorily explained that he was still unable to improve and re-animate the team with not inconsiderable spending power.

His failure to communicate with key players – notably the ramrod Xabi Alonso – was a factor which was never acknowledged from the manager's office and, of course, his relations with the Chelsea players has been wrapped in controversy over recent days.


His rant last night was pitched at both the fans and the ownership and at no point was there any concession that his promise of renovating £50m Fernando Torres, which may saw as the key reason for his summons to London, and a new level of team efficiency had fallen to the point where his performance record had slipped below the mark which provoked the sacking of Di Matteo.

Indeed, there was a powerful case to believe that the truly massive mistake was not in granting him temporary powers but allowing his style of management to take any root at all.

It has not, after all, ever been marked by the kind of professional compromise adopted by Di Matteo when he was parachuted into the challenge of repairing, in any kind of fashion, the vertiginous collapse of the project of Andre Villas-Boas.

Di Matteo did it with the astounding short term effect of winning both the Champions' League and the FA Cup. He also created a sense that he would conjure the best he could from players of great experience but uncertain futures. He had the nous to live in the moment and when that time came to an abrupt end, when Chelsea failed to defend their European title, he left the arena with a philosophical shrug.

Benitez doesn't do such gestures. He imposes his will and his theories and there is not much sense of accommodation with old pros who had in their time achieved a few things perhaps worthy of some respect. It will always, you have to believe, be the Benitez show, good or bad, win or lose, but last night it seemed that even he had grasped that he had been selected for the wrong stage.


http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/james-lawton-come-on-rafa-what-did-you-expect-it-was-never-going-to-be-a-bed-of-roses-8514019.html
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Re: Another bottle job from Sir Rafael of Benitez
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2013, 12:23:11 PM »
Brilliant summary of events there from you and Lawton.

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Re: Another bottle job from Sir Rafael of Benitez
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2013, 01:20:01 PM »
Funny thing is Dude, Barticus and Ed are exactly like those Chelsea supporters, yet are too stupid to see it :D

Watch them go on this thread complaining about the treatment of Rafa by Chelsea supporters  ;D

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Re: Another bottle job from Sir Rafael of Benitez
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2013, 01:20:51 PM »
Very crafty of Rafa actually.

For the first time he can actually see that they might not get 4th so he decides to blame the fans for it in plenty of time.

Nice one.

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Re: Another bottle job from Sir Rafael of Benitez
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2013, 01:33:04 PM »
Funny thing is Dude, Barticus and Ed are exactly like those Chelsea supporters, yet are too stupid to see it :D

Watch them go on this thread complaining about the treatment of Rafa by Chelsea supporters  ;D

Insults now...bravo Edward224...yeah like us 3 would really bring out banners during a game and act like a bunch of spoilt glory hunters...
It's called criticism...we're 8th and out of all the cups ffs...if not accepting that shiite is ok for you then be my guest, grab your tin foil helmet and put your fingers in your ears...sure we might be going down the pan but at least you're in your little dream world....
that vid of greeting swansea was quite frankly embarrasing....if Rodgers wants to p**s off back to his beloved Swansea then i'm sure there will be an option in the summer. That vid was fascinating because it was obvious he got on better with the opposition than he did with his own team ffs...Class. Sterling ignored him even...



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Re: Another bottle job from Sir Rafael of Benitez
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2013, 02:25:14 PM »
Insults now...bravo Edward224...yeah like us 3 would really bring out banners during a game and act like a bunch of spoilt glory hunters...
It's called criticism...we're 8th and out of all the cups ffs.

If it was only criticism it would be fine. Problem is it isn't. Calling the manager everything there's a name for under the sun instead of constructively criticise he's fortunes and failures, constantly find a negative angle on anything he says or does, blaming his treatment of an underperforming CB for the failure to beat Zenit when in fact one goal from 5 open chances for Suarez in the first tie would've sufficed. I can go on. You can lie to yourself bart mate and call it what you want but you'll never get me to accept that what you're doing is constructive criticism - fornicating far from it mate.
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Re: Another bottle job from Sir Rafael of Benitez
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2013, 02:30:47 PM »
Oh, and it's not where we are, it's where we'll finish that counts.
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Re: Another bottle job from Sir Rafael of Benitez
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2013, 02:34:03 PM »
Funny thing is Dude, Barticus and Ed are exactly like those Chelsea supporters, yet are too stupid to see it :D

Watch them go on this thread complaining about the treatment of Rafa by Chelsea supporters  ;D
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Re: Another bottle job from Sir Rafael of Benitez
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2013, 03:20:52 PM »
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Re: Another bottle job from Sir Rafael of Benitez
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2013, 11:01:48 PM »
On a side issue, I think that the title of
this post is highly disrespectful to a former
manager of ours who competed and won
trophies for the club.

Shame on you 224.

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Re: Another bottle job from Sir Rafael of Benitez
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2013, 12:05:49 AM »
On a side issue, I think that the title of
this post is highly disrespectful to a former
manager of ours who competed and won
trophies for the club.

Shame on you 224.

Maybe he found inspiration in the language used on this forum to "discuss/criticize" and give "opinions" on the current manager of the club we all allegedly love? I don't know. Just a wild guess.
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Re: Another bottle job from Sir Rafael of Benitez
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2013, 12:54:00 AM »
Ed, isn;t it ironic that the usual duo slag and mock our best manager in decades.......and prefer to worship a 39 year old who has won feck all, during his ten minute career.
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Re: Another bottle job from Sir Rafael of Benitez
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2013, 01:03:49 AM »
Maybe he found inspiration in the language used on this forum to "discuss/criticize" and give "opinions" on the current manager of the club we all allegedly love? I don't know. Just a wild guess.
I don't actually get it, calling a former manager of the
club who won the first European cup in 20 years a
bottler and sarcastically referring to him as sir when he's
battling with Chelski fans. Unbelievable imo.

By 224's logic there appears to be an unspecified time frame
where it's sacrilege to say a word against the manager. Once
this passes though it's open season on Shankly, Paisley...

Seriously, I doubt he's a Liverpool supporter. There's no depth
in his support. A tiresome muppet imo.

Ed, isn;t it ironic that the usual duo slag and mock our best manager in decades.......and prefer to worship a 39 year old who has won feck all, during his ten minute career.
Agree, this post was bang out of order on an LFC forum!

I don't think they're reds!

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Re: Another bottle job from Sir Rafael of Benitez
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2013, 01:13:11 AM »
yes, bizarre mockery and ridicule of a Liverpool great, by the usual muppets.

who next, as you say.....perhaps Bob Paisley is on their radar.


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