At the end of the day, it is results that managers are measured by and compared and it is results that their careers will live or die by. If you don't believe that, then look at Roberto Di Matteo—he'll tell you otherwise.
You'd have to say that the Blues will be frustrated not to have picked up the three points but, at the same time, will take great heart in the fact they kept the second-best attacking team in the league scoreless throughout 90 minutes of play.
The draw does see Chelsea slip behind West Bromwich Albion into fourth position, but the Blues are just five points off the league leaders Manchester Untied—a gap that is more than surmountable with the vast majority of the season still to come.
One point continues their run of Premier League matches without a win, but it does also prove that the Blues are not done and dusted this year.
It reinforced that they can compete with the top sides in the world this year—regardless of who their manager might be—and that they aren't to be counted out of any discussion about title favorites and contenders.
Which, at the end of the day, is all you can truly grade Benitez on.
Two points lost or one point gained? Either way, it wasn't the worst start ever for the new Chelsea boss and gives him a platform to now work on this year.
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