Chelsea: Andre Villas-Boas Out, Rafa Benitez In

S. GordonCorrespondent IIFebruary 22, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 08:  Liverpool Manager Rafael Benitez shouts instructions during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on April 8, 2009 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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There has been further speculation that Andre Villas-Boas' days as Chelsea manager are drawing closer to an end.

Their most recent fixture against Napoli in the Champions League ended in a 3-1 defeat, and even the man himself said that speculation for his job would now increase.

Chelsea scored a very important away goal, but will find it very difficult to overcome the deficit in the second leg. Villas-Boas made the shock decision of leaving out veteran midfielder Frank Lampard and England’s No. 1 left back Ashley Cole in a decision that Jamie Redknapp described as career suicide.

He put his trust once more in David Luiz, who was at fault for the third goal, and although he was quick to defend him, these decisions are costing Chelsea games and, more importantly, a Champions League place.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been looking for a successor to Villas-Boas for the past 10 days, and it seems that former Inter Milan manager Rafa Benitez is first on the list. Rafa has a strong history in England for his work as Liverpool manager, taking them to Champions League glory in 2005.

Another thing which may lead to Abramovich favouring the Spaniard is that he is known to be able to bring the best out of fellow Spaniard Fernando Torres. The misfiring striker played some of his best football under Benitez, and Chelsea fans have got to be wondering if they will ever see him pay dividends since his 50 million pound move from Liverpool last year.

Some fans think that someone like Benitez, with all the experience he has in the game, should have been chosen ahead of Villas-Boas who, although had a good season with Porto last year, is relatively untested at this level.

But another side seen by some of the fans is that the likes of Drogba, Terry and Lampard need to step into line, as they are the players, and that they need to listen to Villas-Boas as it is the manager’s decision, whether you like it not.


So Chelsea fans would you like to see Rafa take over at the helm?