Abramovich “pleased” with Chelsea’s progress under Rafa

1/23/13 in Soccer   |   SamuelWhale   |   589 respect

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Interim manager Rafael Benitez claims Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is “pleased” with the way the club is performing. In spite of recording an abysmal start, Rafael Benitez insists the Russian billionaire is satisfied with Chelsea’s progress.
 
The former Inter Milan manager has been an unwelcome sight for many Chelsea fans for years following a fiery rivalry dating back to the days when Rafael Benitez used to be the Liverpool boss. The Spaniard’s arrival at Stamford Bridge sparked a huge controversy as many Chelsea fans demanded Rafael Benitez to make a public apology for all the derogatory and hypocritical statements he had given over the years.
 
Well, that didn’t happen! In fact, Murphy’s Law took over which found Rafael Benitez on the wrong side of many angry Chelsea supporters. With Chelsea’s forming continuously deteriorating, Rafael Benitez was put under scrutiny only weeks after his arrival.
 
Sacking the interim manager soon became a real option, but Roman Abramovich decided to stick to the former Champions League winner and in the end it appears as if Rafael Benitez is slowly piecing the club back together.
 
“We have people that talk with him and I have the information,” Rafael Benitez said. “The other day I had time with him and he was really pleased. He was really pleased with the game.
 
“He has ideas. I have ideas. We share ideas. We explained to each other what we're trying to do. It's fine.”
 
Chelsea are firmly third-placed but 11 points behind the Premier League leader Manchester United. Rafael Benitez, who took over from Roberto Di Matteo after Chelsea’s embarrassing Champions League exit, has endured testing times with Chelsea fans. The 2-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday gave Rafael Benitez a much need morale boost from the Chelsea fans.
 
“We have people that talk with him and I have the information,” Rafael Benitez continued. “The other day I had time with him and he was really pleased. He was really pleased with the game.
 
“He has ideas. I have ideas. We share ideas. We explained to each other what we're trying to do. It's fine.”
 
Rafael Benitez’s next challenge will be to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Swansea City in order to confirm Chelsea’s place in the final of the Capital One Cup.
 
“In a transitional period - we have new players and some of them are at the end of their contracts - I think it's a team that is growing and is improving,” Rafael Benitez said prior to the Wednesday game.
 
“As a manager you have to be satisfied with this. As a manager of a top side you want to win trophies; still we have to try to do better to win trophies.
 
“I think the priority for the club is to be in the top four and try to win trophies at the same time. If you talk with the players they say we're going in the right direction.”
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