It is official. Roman Abramovich has finished with his "eeny-meeny-miny-moe(ing)" and the pointer of the game that he was gifted as a child has landed at Rafael Benitez (h/t BBC).
And now to get serious, which is actually hard with Abramovich seemingly treating everything as a joke himself.
Following Roberto Di Matteo's unceremonious dismissal as Chelsea boss earlier on Wednesday, the Blues have opted for the former Inter Milan, Liverpool and Valencia manager in Benitez. Di Matteo was sacked after the Blues lost 3-0 to Juventus in Turin, leaving their hopes of qualifying for the next round in the Champions League doubtful.
Was Abramovich expecting back-to-back Champions League titles from Roberto Di Matteo when no one in history has managed to achieve it so far? Abramovich certainly does not seem someone who would say that a "good run" would satisfy him. It was always "win or bust." Then the decision does seem odd, though that is a discussion for another article.
For the time being, we are looking at what life back in the managerial hot seat can see Benitez achieve with Chelsea.
Here are seven predictions, each meant to be taken with a pinch of salt, that I have come up with for the new manager of Chelsea—Rafael Benitez.