The Roman Abramovich era at Chelsea has brought with it success, a new belief in the club and a long string of managers. 

It has also seen some great player's enter Stamford Bridge, in Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres. 

However, with these big players came big ego's and player power. It is no secret that players have been responsible for the exit of some managers at Chelsea.

Current interim boss Rafael Benitez is not one of the more charismatic managers in world football but with a CV that includes FA Cup, Uefa cup and Champions league glory, with spells at Valencia, Inter Milan and Liverpool he cannot be totally ignored either.

One thing is certain though, he didn't take the Chelsea job to lose games and consequently increase his unpopularity. He felt he had a point to prove to his critics.

The Chelsea job is a thankless one if not, how does one explain the exit of Carlo Ancelotti after winning the double or that of Roberto di Matteo after winning the elusive Champions league trophy last season? 

It seems very easy not to like Benitez, with his playing style and selection controversial amongst Chelsea fans, but you must give him credit for taking the job in the first place.

The chunk of the blame for Chelsea's inconsistent form cannot be placed on Benitez alone, the players have to take some responsibility for some of the teams woes. Their recent defeat at Manchester City saw a very lackluster group of players produce a fairly timid performance. 

However, Chelsea sure had their moments to win the game. The ever reliable Frank Lampard missed from the spot, which at 0-0 could have given the Blues a crucial lead. 

but the recent training ground incident gives more to that story. Rumours of a bust up between Rafa and John Terry last week were dismissed as rubbish


What remains to be seen is if player power will drive Benitez out of Chelsea.


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Gary Cahill