Saturday’s 3-1 loss to West Ham United extended Chelsea FC’s winless streak to seven league games. It has the Blues spiraling towards an epic collapse—one that interim manager Rafa Benitez might not be around for the conclusion of.
It’s a marriage between two parties that should have never been brought together in the first place.
If the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo wasn’t puzzling enough, owner Roman Abramovich only topped it with the hiring of the former manager of one of Chelsea’s most-hated rivals.
As expected, the Blues’ faithful were livid.
Signs, posters and Facebook groups alike all protested against Benitez’s arrival at Stamford Bridge.
The former Liverpool manager’s first three games at the helm have done nothing but fuel the outrage.
Three matches into the Benitez era, and Chelsea have come away with only two points and one goal. After two scoreless draws against Manchester City and Fulham, the Blues conceded two goals four minutes from time to seal a stunning 3-1 loss to the Hammers.
To put it simply: In a span of six days, Benitez has dropped Chelsea from only three points behind league-leading Manchester United to 10 points behind.
It’s a trend that will most likely only grow worse in the coming weeks.
Here are three reasons why Benitez is not the man to lead the Blues to glory.