When Jose Mourinho decided to expand his horizons by making a move to Spain, he was leaving behind him a legacy. There was arguably no better time for anybody to be a manager of the treble winners Inter Milan at the end of an excessively triumphant season.
The baton was passed to the infamous Merseyside man Rafael Benitez. The Spaniard was believed to be fortunate enough having scalped an opportunity to manage a champion unit even after being sacked from being the head coach of Liverpool.
Benitez’s managerial abilities were always a matter of debate. His track record during the previous stints as manager demonstrated an entirely inconsistent pattern. He had tasted the highest success with both Valencia and Liverpool; at the same time his antics accounted for a distasteful downfall of one of the highest decorated clubs in England.
His appointment as the manager of Inter therefore had raised enough brows all around Europe but Inter president Massimo Moratti time and again asserted he was certain about what he was doing.
Things of course did not go the way Moratti would have imagined them to even during the worst of his nightmares. From being crowned an impenetrable unit, Inter in as less as six month time started becoming increasingly beatable.
The form of the team fell from one point to another and right before the Christmas break, Massimo Moratti has decided to call the shots. In all likelihood, Inter will begin afresh under a new manager, under a lavid set of ideologies, come the second half the season.
What is interesting here to see is, how rightful is it to crown Benitez the scapegoat for the fiasco – if at all this is one. As a matter of fact, Benitez has already won two titles with Inter and has lost only one, with the team still contesting for three. This slideshow intends to present five reasons why it does not completely justify to admonish Benitez for the series of lacklustre performances by the team.