Gary Cahill backs Rafael Benitez to lead Chelsea to Club World Cup glory
Gary Cahill has backed Rafael Benitez to continue with his work as Chelsea’s interim manager. The England international believes Chelsea have turned into a stronger unit defensively with Rafael Benitez at the helm.
Statistics show Gary Cahill has sound proof over such claims, although Chelsea’s attacking form has suffered under Rafael Benitez. However, their recent 3-1 victory over Fulham and Fernando Torres’ brace has offered hope to the Chelsea fans.
Rafael Benitez, who received a cold shoulder instead of a warm welcome by Chelsea supporters after replacing the sacked Roberto Di Matteo, is still being scrutinized for the harsh comments he made against Chelsea back when he was with Liverpool.
The Spaniard claims those days are long gone by and that he is focusing on returning Chelsea to its prime, but that is not enough for Chelsea supporters. They are still demanding an official apology from Rafael Benitez for the harsh statements he made against the club.
Gary Cahill believes Rafael Benitez can win over the hearts of Chelsea fans by bringing good results to the table. The 26-year-old center back, who has replaced John Terry in the first team, claims Rafael Benitez will have the opportunity to prove himself at the Club World Cup semi-final on Thursday.
The former Bolton Wanderers defender reckons Chelsea will have a good chance to defeat their Club World Cup rivals Monterrey in Yokohama. Gary Cahill explained that due to the increased number of time Chelsea players have spent in training sessions with Rafael Benitez there has been a considerable improvement in the defensive department.
“Since [Rafael Benitez] came we have tightened up as a unit, defensively and as a team,” Gary Cahill said. “That's given us a platform to build on. It was hard at first to get his points across because we were playing games almost every other day.
“Now the players are adapting, they know what's expected of them and it's working well at the minute.”
Gary Cahill also explained how huge the Club World Cup was in spite of its lack of popularity. The Englishman said that playing in the tournament has made him realize of the magnitude it registers around the world.
“Since coming here, it's sunk in now how big it is,” Gary Cahill said. “It's hard to get into the competition in the first place. We've come all this way and want to win it. Our Brazilian players have said it's absolutely huge for them and we saw the send-off [Corinthians] got at the airport.”