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05.12.12

Chelsea crash out at Group stage, becoming the first holders to do so. This caps a disappointing few weeks in the life of Chelsea FC and will only intensify the fans anger towards the new manager and owner Roman.

21.11.12 - Rafa Benitez Announced as New Manager

In a highly controversial move, Roman Abramovich has chosen to sack the fan favorite Roberto Di Matteo and replace him with a very familiar adversary of the club, in the form of ex Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, whom when at the Liverpool helm, oversaw the strongest period of Liverpool-Chelsea rivalry and therefore may need to win the fans over a little.

It seems that Roman once again wants experience, he just can't seem to make his mind up, one minute he wants a youthful innovative manager in the form of Andre Villas Boas and the next minute he wants the experience of Rafa.

However it is not even that simple, the position has only strictly been offered to Rafa til the end of the season, it is public knowledge that Pep Guardiola is taking a 1 year sabbatical in New York with his family, it seems abit more than a coincidence that Roman has only promised the position til the date at which it is rumored that Guardiola may look for a return into management, he was a key player in the rumor mill surrounding the 'Next Chelsea Manager' after the dismissal of AVB and it would seem that Roman has only 1 man in mind for the future of Chelsea and wants to see the same kind of dynasty created at Barcelona replicated at Chelsea and the best to do so is the same manager in the eyes of Roman.

What is unestablished is whether this is something which Rafa has agreed to or whether he is under the illusion that he can become a perminant manager but it begs the question, if Roman really did intend for him to be a long term manager, surely he would offer him a great length of contract. Roman is sure to be even more unpopular than he already was in the Footballing world after his treatment of RDM, who is widely respected and liked in the Football world and it really begs the question, who would even WANT to be Chelsea's manager, with their track record of sacking managers arguably unfairly.

21.11.12 - RDM Sacked

Despite doing a great job at turning the club around and bringing Roman Abramovich his much desired Champions League trophy and doubling it with the FA Cup, Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked only 1/3rd into the English Premier League 2012/2013 season, despite Chelsea sitting top from Gameweek 1 to Gameweek 11.

However it doesn't fully come as surprise, as he wouldn't be the first manager in the history of the russian typcoons helm at the top of the south London Football club, to be dismissed despite relative success and trophy lifts, inparticular Ancelotti and Jose Mourihno.

However Roman is reportedly unimpressed by some results, such as the loss in the Community shield to Manchester City and the loss in the Super cup to Athletico, which by all rights SHOULD go to the club that won the superior Champions league competition rather than the inferior winner of the Europa league.

He appears to acting pre-emptively to save them from a seemingly impending exit from the European Champions league, following a 3 - 0 loss to Juventus 20.11.12 and after conceeding the lead in the title race to rivals Manchester United in Gameweek 11 of the English Premier league and then following it up by a disapointing 2 - 1 loss to West Brom, is what sealed Robbie's fate.

When Roberto Di Matteo won the Champions league against all the odds in the 11/12 season, people would have been forgiven for thinking that he would immediately be offered the perminant position as manager, however perhaps it was an indication of Roman's reluctance to see Robbie in his long term vision of the club, that he stalled a long time before doing so, clearly he was looking into other avenues, its no secret that he is an admirer of Barcelona and would no doubt like to take Pep Guardiola to the bridge.

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nlazar profile image

nlazar 4 years ago from USA

Even with all of this happening, I am oddly sure that CFC will advance.


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Hes a good manager at least, just wonder how itll effect that players.


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nlazar 4 years ago from USA

I think it was more a lack of leadership (no terry, lampard) more than bad managing.


Richard-Murray 4 years ago

It is funny, the community shield and the UEFA Supercup were honest losses by Chelsea. Man City and Atletico Madrid were facing a Chelsea on the start of a reboot. Those two matches was not in the drogba era. The team that won last year was gone. Chelsea were not in sync and weren't able to beat, two far more in synch sides. Especially Atletico madrid, we tend to forget that Atletico and valencia arent bad sides, they are just not as great as barca and real, but they are top sides who can beat other competition outside of Spain.

@nlazar,

the question is, will shaktar beat Juve in Turin. I know Juve, they dont believe in taking any game lightly. Shaktar may not have adriano after his really low class act. And Juve would rather see a runner up than a group winner


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gbi 4 years ago from Germany

Good luck Benetez


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FootballisABeauty 4 years ago

I don't think Guardiola will take the responsibility.


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stiggies 4 years ago from Cape Town

Di Matteo was constantly trying new things with formations and players to find that combination for Chelsea that will click. It's a shame that he won't be able to complete that transition. It's almost like digging for gold and giving up because you did not find any, little did you know that if you had dug just a few centimeters deeper you would've found it.


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

I'd agree with that Stiggies he's lain some good foundations for Benitez to take over from, i'm sure Torres will be happy but whats odd is that Benitez doesnt embody the attacking style Football which Roman seemed to wanted so much


Richard-Murray 4 years ago

@CCahill

This coming weekend will be telling


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markfo 4 years ago from Middlesex, England

As a long time Chelsea fan I think this is a terrible decision and a real slap in the face to the fans.

http://hubpages.com/sports/Is-this-the-worst-manag...

All the best Mark


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nlazar 4 years ago from USA

Just something to keep my fellow CFC fans sane: Last year our woes started with Man United, our manager was sacked after West Brom, aand on the last day of the UCL group stages our position was questionable.Then we won the FA Cup and UCL with a interm coach. Who knows maybe we will get a repeat.


Richard-Murray 4 years ago

@Nlazar,

And jsut like last year, Chelsea were in the midst of transition.

If Shaktar beat Juventus, Chelsea slip in. So, it isnt in our hands but if we can get past the group stage we have a good chance with some time to settle for the next round to be ready


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markfo 4 years ago from Middlesex, England

Miracles happen as we saw last season, but JT, Frank and Ash are picking up knocks on a regular basis this year and a certain big game Ivorian has left.

It will only happen if Torres steps up to the plate and Shaktar decide they want top spot badly, but even that isn't anywhere near as desirable now that Real Madrid have finished 2nd in the group.


Richard-Murray 4 years ago

Chelsea draw with MAn City, a middle of the bridge start to the BEnitez era

player actions- vote on who is your favorite player

http://richard-murray.hubpages.com/hub/Chelsea-201...

match review- what does chelsea need to do? http://voices.yahoo.com/chelsea-matches-2012-2013-...


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

@ Nlazar ah yeah, nice point, quite a coincidence, i guess if Benitez should learn anything from his previous managers, it should be.... DONT loose to West Brom :D


Richard-Murray 4 years ago

:) good point CCahill, we shall see this wednesday "girlfriend" [carrying over the comment, i know your gender is masculin:)]


Richard-Murray 4 years ago

Looking at Cheslea I have said it by the end of the RDM era and I still say it at the beginning of the BEnitez era. Chelsea have two problems, big ones, Cech's balls from the back and the passing from the defensive midfield spot.

Chelsea arent aerial. Cech keeps holding the ball and sending it in the air. That has to stop. I love Cech but he must bring the ball faster out from the back. I think of Manuel Neuer's throws at Bayern, Cech never had to bother with Drogba but with Torres and the small players we have precise throws and quick balls out are mandatory.

Second, the passing from the back is slow. It is poor passing, it is slow passing.

All CFC fans and all others check out the number of goal kicks and how few Chelsea win yet Cech keeps producing them. Cheslea must keep the ball on the ground from the back. And, check the speed of our defensive midfield passing. Mikel especially. He has been great for us, but the speed is not good enough. 4141 is all we need. Ramires could have played this match to the wings with Moses on the other side and Hazard and Mata centrally. With torres dropping in we would be set. But, the problem is BEnitez, he is so defensively demanding. http://voices.yahoo.com/chelsea-matches-2012-2013-...


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Its an interesting point, its almost like Cech is now programed to aim for Drogba even tho hes no longer there ;p


Richard-Murray 4 years ago

HE is CCahill

Torres is trying to be a smaller and less skilled Drogba and it isnt working, part of why Torres seems slower is that Torres isnt running as much. Torres spends more time trying to win balls in the air. Look at the tapes, analyze the games, you will see.

4141 has to be the system. Mikel is mandatory, but under the 4231 Ramires marker blocks a passing option for Mikel. And, with Ivanovic and Cahill at center defense with azpilicueta and cole at the defensive wings, chelsea has defenders willing to move forward and offer the lateral pass option if needed.

In the last game, Torres dropped into the forward midfield area turning chelsea into a 424, the classic Torino system. But, the problem with the Torino system and Chelsea is that Mikel and Ramires dont have the dribbling skills collectively to cut through midfields. So opposing defenses condense the forward midfield area and thus a pass forward becomes nonexistent.

LEave torres up top and put four behind him, it would congest the forward midfield but it would also demand a license to roam from mata, oscar, hazard, moses, marin, ramires which is what made chelsea electric early in the season.

the 4141 would hurt torres somewhat because that open field he had at liverpool which gave him such success would be further gone but he would gain space opposite the congested field and the added pressure on defensive backlines would favor him to move more not less, and this would make opposing teams drop back and allow chelsea to maintain possession more.


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markfo 4 years ago from Middlesex, England

Sorry CC have to disagree with you totally on one point. Ramires can cut through defences like butter, he seems to have a turbo charge button, along with Toure and Bale I would say he is the best in prem at the present moment at running with the ball. Problem is he starting his runs from far too deep and is lacking support under Rafa.


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Think its Richard your disagreeing with :D


Richard-Murray 4 years ago

:) @Markfo

under the 4141 ramires goes to the forward midfield area. To turn a 4231 into a 4141 requires only 1 change and that is to shift a player from the defensive midfield area to the offensive. Ramires instead of partnering with Mikel goes wide. I agree with your point, i didnt know i wrote against it previously.


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markfo 4 years ago from Middlesex, England

Oops sorry CC.

Small details that master tactician Rafa seems incapable of seeing Richard. So slow to react to big Sams changes on Saturday, I predicted his substitution 5 mins into the 2nd half and the exact minute it would happen. Injuries apart he always makes his first substitution on 70 minutes, he needed to be reactive rather than formualaic.


Richard-Murray 4 years ago

@MArkfo

benitez is a classical coach, he believes in finding the perfect form for the entire season with interchanges. Tomorrow if he makes another step forward chelsea can catapult into wins but if he gets it wrong again...

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