Chelsea FC: 5 Reasons for Optimism Under Rafael Benítez

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Chelsea FC: 5 Reasons for Optimism Under Rafael Benítez
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As much as most Chelsea fans despise the hiring of Rafael Benítez and the firing of Roberto Di Matteo, the simple truth is we’re all going to have to live with it for now.

For how long is another question but we all know there is no off switch on the Chelsea Coaching Carousel Circus with nine managers now being employed so far in the Roman Abramovich Era.

It’s easy to pile on Benítez now but the reality is he didn’t fire Di Matteo and he didn’t hire himself.

Some fans choose to mock him because of his Liverpool past and harsh comments toward Chelsea, his physical appearance (Fat Spanish Waiter) and his appointment to replace the beloved Di Matteo (singing “One Di Matteo”).

But at some point in the future, some, hopefully most Blues fans will probably not let their emotions get the best of them and realize it’s easier to support their interim manager get behind him and at least give him a chance.

Right now it seems the hatred for the new manager is greater than the love for the club which has provided us with so many wonderful memories throughout our lifetimes.

And although a win on Wednesday against FC Nordsjælland (Fox Soccer Channel, 2:45 p.m. ET/11:45 a.m. PT) combined with a Shakhtar Donetsk win over Juventus and a last-minute qualification for the UEFA Champions League knockout round won’t make everyone necessarily jump on the Benítez bandwagon, it’s at least the time for a little positivity in the depths of our blue despair.

If might not be the time for some to totally support the guy, but at least getting off his back a little bit and supporting the club through this tough time seems like the right thing to do considering the recent exodus of so many players and influx of new ones, the transition to a new style of play and the injuries the team has been trying to deal with.

Here are five things to be optimistic about Benítez as we wait for this storm to pass.

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