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Having said that, Benitez was clearly the wrong choice to replace Di Matteo.
Firstly, take a look at the fans' reaction to his appointment.
It is unwise to take a Chelsea alumnus and popular manager, and replace him with a man who had made a name for himself as one of the least popular managers in the eyes of Chelsea fans.
The fans may have forgiven Di Matteo for a bad season. They will never forgive Benitez.
Secondly, take a look at his management record.
In five years at Liverpool, Benitez won two major trophies: the Champions League and the FA Cup. This sounds impressive, until you realize that Roberto Di Matteo, the man that he replaced, did this in a few months with Chelsea.
Benitez then had a successful but brief spell at Inter Milan, followed by a couple of years' unemployment.
Thirdly, take a look at his Chelsea record.
In only three games he has failed to win, dropped Juan Mata for Ryan Bertrand for one game, and started Fernando Torres for each game. He was also clearly outmanaged by Sam Allardyce in this match.
Not a promising start.