Chelsea & Rafa Benitez finish on a high after turbulent season
Chelsea opinion: Benitez will part company with Chelsea having increased his reputation in football
Chelsea's season has ended on a relatively high-note after a turbulent year with Rafael Benitez at the helm of Stamford Bridge.
But the ex-Liverpool manager has acted with a considerable amount of dignity after the lack of support in and around the club all season, but no fan can argue that Rafael Benitez did the job he was asked to do by Roman Abramovich, and by all accounts, he has done it well.
Chelsea faced Everton knowing that a victory would guarantee them third place in the Premier League. And it was a job well done on the final day of the season. Instrumental playmaker Juan Mata tucked Chelsea into a eighth minute lead, but it was short lived, Steven Naismith scoring after some good play, to make it 1-1.
But it was Chelsea's man of the moment Fernando Torres who scored his 23rd goal of the season to provide Chelsea with a victory. It would be hard to argue that Rafael Benitez is the man to have bought the best out of the Spaniard for the second time in his career.
After joining Liverpool from Atletico Madrid in 2007, Benitez successfully moulded Torres into one of the most exciting players of the Premier League at the time, with Torres scoring 33 goals in his first season on Merseyside.
And after a £50 million move to Chelsea in 2010-11, Torres looked a shadow of his former self, scoring only once in 18 appearances in that season.
But Benitez's controversial move to Stamford Bridge has kick-started the career of Torres once again, with the once disgruntled striker now looking like he has found form once again.
And how can you dismiss the victory in the Europa League final? Although seen as the inferior tournament in European football, it is competed for fiercely every season.
And Rafael Benitez guided Chelsea to the final with apparent ease, and it was that man Torres who sent Chelsea on their way in the final, scoring the opener against Benfica, which resulted in an eventual 2-1 victory.
So all in all, a good season? Third place in the Premier League and a Europa League trophy seemed like an impossible task at the start of the season. And although it may be hard to admit, Benitez has made an impact in London, despite some struggles along the way.
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