Rafael Benitez is on a hunt for another English club

Rafael Benitez

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has seen many ups and downs during his short tenure with The Blues, and despite his descent performance during this short spell, he could never be a popular manager among fans ever since he took over the charge from Roberto Di Matteo in November 2012. It is now confirmed that he will be discharged from his managerial duties after this season, hence he has started his hunt for another job with an EPL club probably. Though, he has kept open all the options, but England will be his first priority. Some of his noticeable achievements for Blues include Europa League final in Amsterdam against Benfica and second one is qualifying Chelsea for the Championship league by finishing on the top four at EPL defeating Aston Villa by 2-1 on Saturday. Normally, a manager with this kind of record doesn’t have to go all of a sudden, but he faced wide criticism over his failure in the EPL and more especially for his bold statements in the media which never let him become a popular manager among fans. Since he was appointed on interim basis, he had to go, but nobody had expected in such a way. Notably, he has won the manager of the month award for April and has also done some brilliant work at his previous clubs, hence finding a suitable placement should not be a concerned for him.

The face who is expected to take his place is fifty-year-old Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho who has also worked with Chelsea back from 2004 to 2007, though these are just rumors running in the media and nothing has been officially confirmed either by the cub or Mourinho. Talking about his new hunt for a respectable place in England, he said, “The Premier League is a fantastic league. My family still live in England, so it would be easier. If not, I will go abroad. There are two options for the future: to get a project, two or three years to build a team like at Liverpool; or maybe a top side with money, where you can buy some players and challenge for trophies from the beginning.”

He further added about Chelsea’s Championship qualification that “I am really proud, not just for me but for my staff and everyone involved because we have been working very hard from the beginning and you know that it was not the perfect environment. I remember in England some managers, with hostility in the stands, they couldn’t cope with this situation.”

Chelsea’s Rafael Benitez hopeful to shine at Europa League final

Rafael Benitez

While Rafael Benitez’s role as Chelsea manager is going to end after this season, there is something he can cheer about. Earlier, he promised two things: one he wanted to see his club finishing among top four in the EPL, and second he also wanted to win at least one title this season. Both of his wishes are likely to be fulfilled if his club could perform well in the Europa League final where they will clash with Benfica on 15 May in Amsterdam. Moreover, they are at the third spot in the EPL and hopefully they can finish among top four if they could win a home game against Tottenham, who is just three points behind to enter in the top four. This is not the first time Benitez has reached into an European final coz earlier he has taken Valencia and Liverpool to European titles, and now he sees a real opportunity to show his worth after losing in League Cup and FA Cup semifinals. Actually, this is second consecutive year Chelsea has reached into the European cup final and main contributors for its final repeat are Fernando Torres, Victor Moses, and David Luiz.

Taking about his next two EPL matches, Benitez said, “It is important to show this character and keep the momentum. We have difficult games left but hopefully we can do it. Now they realise how important every single game is. The reaction in the second half showed their character and now I think they will be like that until the end. To get three points in every game will be massive because we are so close. We have to do our job and hopefully other teams will make mistakes.”

Likewise, he talked about his experience in the European finals and added, “I have been in a lot of finals, and a lot of games in this kind of situation, but another one with another club means you have good staff and good players. It’ll be tough because Benfica are a very, very dangerous team and hard to play against, but at least we are there. With the commitment and the quality, we’ll have a chance for sure.”

At last, he showed his pleasure with the way they could enter into the European final and said, “I am very pleased to be in the final. We have been working so hard to reach another one. I came to do a professional job with the commitment of the players. I am pleased for them and everyone here. We have had a very good atmosphere inside, the players have always worked hard, they have always done their job. I was pleased with them before this game and I am pleased with them now.”