"Rafa out!" has become Chelsea supporters catchphrase in recent months, but it has left some of us puzzled.
Why do Chelsea fans despise Rafael Benitez so passionately?
We all know Benitez was very successful at Liverpool, where he led his team from Merseyside to numerous victories over the Stamford Bridge outfit. Benitez also made some unpopular comments suggesting he would: "never manage Chelsea" and he said: 'it's the passion of the fans that hep to win the matches, not flags.'
This was an attack on the trademark flags that Chelsea fans wave to make a sea of blue before games.
He continued by saying: "we don't need to give away flags for our fans to wave - our supporters are always there with their hearts, and that is all we need."
These comments have never been forgotten by the Chelsea faithful and have certainly came back to haunt Benitez.
Many Chelsea fans see Rafael Benitez as a failed manager who won't be able to lead the club to success, even after: one Champions league, one Uefa cup, one UEFA super cup, one FA cup, two La Liga titles, one FIFA Club World Cup, one Suppercoppa Italiana and one Community shield.
It seems even if Benitez had won five Premier League trophies as well that he would have still been classed as the wrong man to lead the club.
Roberto Di Matteo
There is still a feeling that the sacking of Di Matteo was unjustified, and the fans feel that in someway taking it out on Benitez is going to help the situation. As the former manager won them their first Champions league trophy it is quite understandable that they were shocked by his departure. But, taking it out on the new manager isn't going to bring back Di Matteo.
Chelsea haven't been playing the best football in recent months, when they win sometimes is seems a bit scrappy, dropping points against teams such as Southampton, Reading and Newcastle really haven't helped the cause. However, Blues fans believe these performances are all down to Benitez. They may have a case, although if they were backing their manager, perhaps results would have changed.
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