Geoff Shreeves, the Sky Sports reporter previously famous for his passive-aggressive baiting of Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic ahead of last season's UEFA Champions League final, was at it again over the weekend.
Benitez, who took over from the fired Roberto Di Matteo last week, was greeted by his new "fans" at Stamford Bridge with plenty of boos and handmade signs bearing slogans like "Rafa out" (for more, head on over to the blog We Ain't Got No History).
In their defense, the Chelsea fans are only previewing an inevitable fact. The last several Chelsea managers have lasted an average of something like 37 seconds on the job (disclaimer: yes, that was an exaggeration), and the word is that Pep Guardiola is the manager Roman Abramovich really wants (via Daily Mail).
But just to make sure Benitez understood exactly what he's up against, Shreeves hit him with it in the post-match interview on Sky Sports. As usual, subtlety was only a rumor from some distant land known as restraint.
The interview appears in the video above. It's our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Monday. Enjoy.
"That was absolutely awful with the crowd all booing you," Shreeves says with almost tangible glee. Then, "What was that like for you?"
Benitez parries the first question expertly. But then Shreeves reminds him that "virtually the entire Chelsea crowd booed you."
It goes on from there, and honestly, this first encounter was so good that we might expect something truly epic when Rafa is sacked in a few months.