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Chelsea legend blames Benitez for Blues' downfall

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Benitez will leave Chelsea at the end of the season (©GettyImages)
Benitez will leave Chelsea at the end of the season (©GettyImages).

Former Chelsea player, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has backed the Chelsea fans who are protesting against interim manager Rafael Benitez and insists that it's the Spaniards fault for the demise at the club.

The London club find themselves fourth in the table and 19 points behind leaders Manchester United, which has happened since the appointment of Benitez in December.

Before the Spaniard took over at Stamford Bridge, Roberto Di Matteo, who guided them to Champions League glory, started the season well as well and were top of the table for the first stages of the new campaign.

However after Champions League elimination was facing Chelsea in the face, Roman Abramovich, sacked Di Matteo and replaced him with Benitez, much to the annoyance of the passionate fans.

Now the club find themselves in a battle to finish in the top-four as London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have recently closed the gap on them and club-legend, Hasselbaink believes it’s in fact Benitez who should take the blame.

The former Chelsea man said: "He was always going to have it difficult at the start and the only thing that could help him was getting results and if you look at the results since he's been there, they've not been good.

"That's the problem and that's what you have to focus on. 

"You can say, "They (the fans) never took to me, blah, blah, blah but he knew when he signed that it was going to be an issue. 

"If you want to get them on your side, then you have to get results and at least be close to Man United or Man City and they have dropped too many points.

"Fans are going to be fans and they make the club, so why attack them? You win them over by getting results. 

"For me, the biggest fact for that was because John Terry wasn't around. He keeps everything together at the back and whatever people say, you win more games with him than you lose.

"He was injured at first so it was not a lucky period for Benitez but he's been fit for a while and still the results and playing style have not been the best."

 

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