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Roberto Di Matteo was never given a chance. Winning the Champions League could have been the first step on a long road of success for Chelsea and their former boss. As predicted here, it didn't work out like that.
Rafa Benitez will never have the full support of fans. A decent run of results across his first few games could have eased the pressure, but this never came. Since the Spaniard took over, Chelsea have dropped points against Fulham, West Ham, QPR, Reading and Manchester City.
Added to this, a Capital One Cup loss to Swansea and poor F.A Cup draw at Brentford indicated the European Champions have a long way to go before challenging for titles once more.
The interim manager signed Demba Ba in January. Not only has Benitez fully killed off any momentum Fernando Torres had, Ba is now finding being rotated in and out of the starting lineup difficult. Neither player is getting enough time on the pitch to gain confidence and a run of goals.
Chelsea were thoroughly outplayed in the recent 2-0 loss to Manchester City. Tottenham Hotspur now have the opportunity to go above Benitez's men, who will be happy with third place come the end of May.