Chelsea fans launched a new wave of assault towards interim manager Rafael Benitez after his side stumbled to an embarrassing 1-0 defeat against the relegation-destined side Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. The fans at home broke all hell lose upon the Spaniard, who was already under scrutiny for offensive statements against Chelsea back when he was the manager of Liverpool.
In the aftermath of the Rafael Benitez refused to accept he alone was the center of Chelsea’s humiliating defeat, even though he decided to field Chelsea’s inexperienced second-team against Queens Park Rangers. Instead, Rafael Benitez bemoaned about the lack of depth in his squad and announced that new signings were needed in order to contend for the Premier League title.
“(Fernando Torres) is one of the players (who needs a rest). You see two or three players who have been playing too many games in the last weeks or months. So it's difficult,” Rafael Benitez said.
The Chelsea manager hinted the arrival of Newcastle United striker Demba Ba, but refrained from giving away an official confirmation. Demba Ba has been a wanted-man by Chelsea for weeks now. Newcastle United have already confirmed that Chelsea have signed in their coveted striker, although no one from London outfit has stepped in front of media to endorse their claims.
“I think the club is working and hopefully we can see someone else... If we can do the business I hope so (a new striker available for the weekend game),” Rafael Benitez said on the arrival of Demba Ba.
Defeat at the hands of Queens Park Rangers marked the end of Chelsea’s four-game winning streak. The loss leaves the Champions League struggling at fourth place and 14 points away from the Premier League leaders Manchester United.
“We have to do everything almost perfect if we want to reduce the gap (at the top),” said Rafael Benitez, who reckons the expectations from Chelsea are just too high.
“Especially for us. We were playing so many games with the same players and you could see today that maybe these players couldn't go to the level that we were expecting,” Rafael Benitez added.
Rafael Benitez refused to accept criticism for fielding a weak side against Queens Park Rangers. The former Inter Milan manager rested midfielders Juan Mata and Eden Hazard for the game, a decision critics suggest was the reason behind Chelsea’s defeat.
“We cannot carry on with the same players every game and if you play against a team at the bottom of the table at home you have to trust your players,” Rafael Benitez said.