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Regardless of what has gone on in the past with Rafa Benitez, it's now time Chelsea fans dropped their protests and got back to supporting the team.
Wednesday's poor performance was a mixture of key players underperforming, but also Swansea City putting in an excellent defensive display that contained the Blues and meant it was difficult for the likes of Juan Mata to have an impact.
But Chelsea's problems in this tie stemmed from the first leg at Stamford Bridge, where fans remain adamant they do not want Benitez in charge.
In the modern game, where supporters are often accused of being "plastic," it's admirable Chelsea fans are willing to stand by their principles, but anti-Benitez chants and the constant booing of his name has now gone a little too far. It has created a cauldron of pressure at Stamford Bridge that has evidently impacted on the team's home performances and added more pressure on the players.
We'll never know if this cup tie would have gone Chelsea's way if the situation was different, but for the sake of the remaining games in the season, Chelsea fans need to drop their protests. Benitez isn't going anywhere until the season is over, as per his contract with the club, and Blues fans need to accept it.
It's gone on too long.