Oh, Rafa Benitez.
It just hasn't gone well for him since moving to Chelsea—not even in the slightest regard—with this week just further proof of his current slump at the London club.
The Blues looked to be cruising past Reading, although perhaps undeservedly, and seemed on course to record a comfortable two- or three-goal victory against the Royals.
Despite playing away from home, Reading were relegation fodder, and the West London club desperately needed a win to make amends for their midweek humiliation, so a result seemed pretty much given once they went up 2-0 late.
But this is Rafa Benitez we're talking about here.
Two late goals from the Royals saw another result slip out of Chelsea's grasp and further confidence slip away from the current Blues manager and their fans.
It started with a ridiculous home loss to Queens Park Rangers, but what has followed has been simply horrendous from all involved at Chelsea. A loss to Swansea and draws against lowly sides such as Southampton, Reading and even Brentford. Plus an elimination from the Capital One Cup last weekend—it really hasn't been a good month or so for Benitez.
The fault cannot entirely be his own but the buck must start and end with him—that is part and parcel of being a manager of a strong and successful club like Chelsea.
The players are responsible for the results on the pitch, but so is he, and at the moment he simply isn't getting it done at the West London club.
I wrote prior to their shock draw to Brentford that the Blues would be wise to give Benitez a new contract—stating that the events and results have been out of his control and that he has done nothing to not deserve a new contract.
Now even I'm reconsidering that stance.
I can only imagine how Roman Abramovich must be feeling.
What did you learn from Week 24 of the English Premier League?
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