Rafael Benitez tips Chelsea to contend for League title next season
Rafael Benitez believes Chelsea will be in contention for the Premier League title next season. The Spaniard believes the Blues will mount a serious challenge for Premier League glory in the upcoming years.
The former Liverpool manager bid farewell to Stamford Bridge after his tenure as interim manager of the club ended. Rafael Benitez helped Chelsea secure Champions League football and the Europa League Cup in his brief period with the club, yet the gaffer is still hated among Chelsea circles.
Rafael Benitez ended his seven-month period at Chelsea with a 2-1 victory over Everton at Stamford Bridge. With his latest victory, Rafael Benitez ensured Chelsea finished top 3 on the Premier League table.
As Rafael Benitez looks for a new job now, he claims he has transformed Chelsea into a club hungry to win silverware. Rafael Benitez also believes that his successor at Chelsea will have a considerably easy job at winning silverware in comparison to what he had to deal with when he arrived at the helm.
“You take a team in transition, with young players, and now we have left a good team with more experience, more character, scoring goals and more balance,” Rafael Benitez said.
“I think it will be good for the next manager, who will have a very good team, and the owner will bring in more players. This team will challenge for the title next year. Roman Abramovich has been key for the success and future of the club, improving the competition and bringing in players.”
Rafael Benitez disappeared from the pitch after the game, deserting his players and fans to celebrate the end of the season without him. Rafael Benitez has faced critical disapproval from Chelsea fans in and outside of the stadium. Chants, banners and signs against Rafael Benitez are considered a common sight at Stamford Bridge.
This is one of the reasons Rafael Benitez chose not join in on the lap of honor with the rest of the Chelsea players. Nonetheless, Rafael Benitez admitted he was sad to leave the club.
“It's a pity when you see these professionals and their talent but that's football,” Rafael Benitez said. “People have been growing and will be better players in the future. The situation is I will not be here. I did my job. I enjoyed working with this group of players. Now we move on. My successor will have a fantastic team. After 26 years in different countries, I didn't need to prove anything.”