Just a fortnight ago, Chelsea seemed to be having a very below-par campaign.
Struggling to make it into the top four of the Premier League and dumped out of the FA Cup by Manchester City, the Blues were less than convincing.
However, fast forward to the present day, the Stamford Bridge outfit are the only team to hold both the major European honours at the same time, albeit for a few days.
They are one of the few teams to have won the Champions League, the Europa League and the Cup Winners' Cup.
After beating newly crowned Premier League champions at Old Trafford, the Blues all-but sealed their Champions League qualification.
And whom do we have to thank for this remarkable turnaround? Well, it might be hard for some of the Chelsea faithful to sing praises of Rafa Benitez, but he surely deserves credit for their success.
He came in to reign the Chelsea free-fall and has struggled to fit in at the Bridge. With his remarks still in memory of the Chelsea fans, he's had to endure a barrage of abuse from Blues supporters.
And the fact that he came in to replace Roberto di Matteo, who had just delivered them the Champions League trophy, didn’t help his cause! In spite of the abuse and his tumultuous relations with the Chelsea hierarchy, he has gone on to save the season and achieve his objectives. He has got Fernando Torres firing again, has achieved Champions League qualification and has delivered a trophy. Although some of his decisions have been mind-boggling, one of his best decisions seems to be the deployment of David Luiz in midfield. Many might have suggested this before him, but he had the courage to go with it and face the consequences.
Still not up to his potential, but Luiz has managed to impress many with his performance under Benitez. Frank Lampard has found his goal-scoring form and gone on to become Chelsea’s top goal-scorer of all time. He played bit-part role when the Spaniard took over, but gradually impressing with his performances, he has been a major part in this season’s success. Though it did hurt to lose out in the finals of the Club World Cup, he has redeemed himself with the Europa League trophy.
Though your early comments have not been forgotten, this stint as Chelsea 'Interim' manager has surely mellowed things down and that was pretty evident in his final game of the season at 'home'!
Benitez can look back on his time at Chelsea positively and leave after another successful stint in English football.
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