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Rafa Benitez believes Reina will go back to Liverpool as Napoli “can’t afford him”

Friday June 13 2014,

Tags: Serie A, Napoli, Rafael Benitez, Pepe Reina

Due to his very high salary, outside the means of Napoli, Pepe Reina will go back to Liverpool this Summer, says Benitez.
In a recent interview by Rafa Benitez to the English radio ‘Team Talk’, Napoli’s coach talked about the future of his Spanish keeper, on loan from Liverpool. Napoli had a rather disappointing season, finishing third, 7 points behind Roma and 24 points from Juventus, despite De Laurentiis spending over €100M to build a competitive team.

Aurelio De Laurentiis presenting...

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FC Porto vs Napoli LIVE streaming: March 13, 2014 Europa League match

Porto's new manager is confident that his side can get another positive result in his second match in charge. Napoli may have other thoughts, so you will not want to miss this match live on Fox Sports 2 USA.
Preview: Luis Castro goes for his second victory as Porto's manager

The 2013/14 campaign has not gone according to plan, or at least how Porto and their fans would have expected. They are currently third in the Portuguese League, two points behind Sporting CP, and nine behind league leaders Benfica.

After a lot of speculation and mixed opinions, Paulo Fonseca was sacked from the club...

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Arsenal vs Napoli live: Watch Higuain vs Ozil in Champions League match - Oct 1, 2013

After having met in this summer's Emirates Cup, Arsenal and Napoli will lock horns in what should be an exciting UEFA Champions League match.
Preview: Great match guaranteed at the Emirates with two high-flying teams

When these two sides last met, there were a number of uncertainties in the Arsenal squad. Who was going to come into the squad ahead of the transfer window closing? Was Arsene Wenger going to be able to get rid of the players who have failed to impress?

Now that we are into October and the transfer window has come...

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What Rafa’s Cup Finals record says about Chelsea’s Europa League title

Wednesday May 15 2013,

Tags: Rafael Benitez, Chelsea

Regardless of how much he is disliked at Stamford Bridge, Rafael Benitez boasts an excellent record when it comes to Cup finals especially those in Europe.
Ever since he replaced Roberto Di Matteo as the manager of Chelsea, Rafael Benitez has faced the ire of the club’s supporters largely due to his past love affair with Liverpool and his rivalry with Chelsea favourite Jose Mourinho.

However, with the Europa League final drawing closer, Chelsea fans should be hopeful of some silverware at the end of the season as in the Spaniard, they have...

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Man United vs Chelsea : The history of the long running rivalry between Ferguson and Benitez

Premier League fans will witness yet another episode of the fierce rivalry between two of Premier League’s finest tacticians, as Ferguson’s United take on Benitez’s Chelsea at Old Trafford.
The duo will clash on Sunday night, when Chelsea enter Old Trafford hoping for a victory which will put them one point above Arsenal in third place. A victory will surely put the Blues in the driving seat for the Champions League spot and they will be eager to avoid the embarrassment of having to play in the Europa League next season.

The Red Devils will however have stern instructions from...

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Should Liverpool replace Brendan Rodgers with Benitez at the end of the season?

Friday April 19 2013,

Tags: Rafael Benitez, Chelsea, Liverpool

Rafael Benitez is set to leave his position as the interim manager of Chelsea at the end of the season which has led to speculation that the Spaniard could consider a return to Anfield.
As things stand in the Barclays Premier League, Liverpool are set to miss out on Champions League football yet again. This is indeed heart-breaking for the fans of a club that is the most successful side in England in terms of European silverware.

The last time the Reds won a European trophy was back in the 2004-2005 season when they beat AC Milan on penalties in what many people consider as...

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Liverpool vs Chelsea: A long-awaited return to Anfield for Rafael Benitez

Thursday April 18 2013,

Tags: Rafael Benitez, Chelsea, Liverpool

Sunday’s Premier League clash between Liverpool and Chelsea will be a crucial contest for both sides. Liverpool will look to re-inject some pride into yet another season in which they were never quite seen as true title contenders.
For Chelsea, the race for the top four is heating up and no short-comings can now be afforded. Interestingly, the three clubs that are racing each other for the third and fourth spots all hail from London, which makes the battle even more absorbing.

However, this encounter will be a bit more than the points table and the final result. It will see, in Rafa Benitez, a former Liverpool manager...

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FA Cup semi-final: Benitez vs Mancini, which coach is better than the other?

Friday April 12 2013,

Tags: Rafael Benitez, Chelsea, Roberto Mancini, Manchester City

Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final clash between Chelsea and City will be a contest between two top teams of England, both having enjoyed success in the last few years.
Through the years, both teams have managed to choreograph absorbing football matches and produce exceptional players, with the help of their wealthy owners who have provided finances whenever needed.

Currently, both clubs are being managed by highly reputable mangers, which have always chased major trophies for whichever clubs they have managed.

Chelsea’s interim manger Rafa Benitez...

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Europa League analysis: Can Chelsea revive their season with Europa League glory?

Wednesday March 6 2013,

Tags: Chelsea, Steaua Bucharest, Rafael Benitez

From last season’s high-flying end to the season, to this year’s demotion to the Europa League, it has been a roller coaster ride for the Blues. But can they possibly revive their season by winning the Europa League crown this season?
Roberto Di Matteo was being seen by many as the new “special one” when Chelsea, finally won its first Champions League title last season. The Russian owner’s love for the top honour in Europe is unknown to none, and we watched as he axed one manager after another in the pursuit of his most favourite prize.

For many, it also seemed as if that Champions League title would put Chelsea in...

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Chelsea boo boys: ungrateful or protective of divisive Stamford Bridge?

Saturday March 2 2013,

Tags: Rafael Benitez, Chelsea

Chelsea fans continue their rant on interim manager Rafa Benitez, after weeks of abuse the Spaniard has finally hit back and has promised the fans that he will leave once his term ends this summer.
The visiting Chelsea fans were in top volume in the last 15 minutes during Chelsea’s FA cup tie against Middlesbrough, the fans condemned their manager Rafa Benitez and demanded that he be removed from his post.

The Chelsea fans had never been in favour of the appointment of the Spaniard and welcomed him to Stamford Bridge with boos jeers and insulting chants. Benitez has been subject to...

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Rafa sack debate: Must the Chelsea coach suffer the West Brom curse?

Chelsea has lost their last two meetings against West Bromwich Albion. Following the last defeat, a beloved hero of Chelsea FC was sacked. The fans are seeminlgy yet to come around his loss.
Roberto Di Matteo, the ‘interim’ manager, became permanent after securing what had seemed like an impossible victory in the Champions League final in May. His team, packed with their attacking stars however fell apart in the Champions League. Roman Abramovich sacked him.

This was nothing new though; the Russian had ended Andre Villas Boas’ Chelsea career in March 2012 following a loss...

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Chelsea Debate: Rafael Benitez’s top three possible successors at the Bridge

Benitez would most probably be shown the door should Chelsea falter against Wigan on Saturday in the Barclays Premier League
It has been a tough season for Chelsea. The club lacks stability and the hire and fire policy of Roman Abramovich is clearly backfiring.

The latest loss against Newcastle United has made matters worse. Would sacking Rafael Benitez bring the club back on track? This is something for you to ponder upon.

In the meantime, here are three managers who could replace Benitez and get the current...

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Rafael Benitez’s escape route: five clubs where the Chelsea coach could fit

Abramovich might soon lose his patience with interim manager Rafael Benitez whose appointment last November was meant to straighten the path twisted during Roberto Di Matteo’s last days at the club.
Given the Chelsea owner’s intolerance with underachieving managers, it would be no news if Rafa suffers the sack in the very near future. However, should he remain until the end of the season, it is likely that his short-term contract at Stamford Bridge will not be extended.

So where is it next for the former Liverpool manager? We look at five clubs which could each offer Rafael Benitez...

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Five things Chelsea must do to rekindle their season before losing it all

Sunday February 3 2013,

Tags: Chelsea, Rafael Benitez, FA Cup, UEFA Europa League

There are signs of life in Chelsea’s season. Nothing is over yet for the UEFA Champions League winners. However, they must now work around the clock to turn the tables around.
Having won just two of their last seven fixtures, Chelsea are heading towards the gloom they never expected following a successful closure to the preceding season. Luckily for the Blues, there is still time to make amends and get right back on track.

The FA Cup titleholders have a Fourth Round replay against Brentford. They are also targeting glory in the UEFA Europa League. The prospect of...

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Chelsea debate: Will Rafael Benitez lose everything?

Sunday January 27 2013,

Tags: EPL, Chelsea, Rafael Benitez, FA Cup, Jose Mourinho

Several eyebrows were raised when Rafael Benitez was appointed the interim Chelsea manager; the Chelsea faithful wanted him out the moment he took over.
Roman Abramovich has been an enigma; he is known to pull the trigger on managers far too easily. Everything looked hunky-dory when Jose Mourinho was in charge of Chelsea.

The self-proclaimed ‘special one’ won back to back titles with the club but something went a miss and he was gone in the wink of an eyebrow. No Chelsea manager has been as successful as Jose Mourinho was during...

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Chelsea vs. Arsenal: Demba Ba vs. Torres, Rafa vs. Wenger amongst 5 key battles

Chelsea takes on Arsenal in a mouthwatering Premier League clash on Sunday. Let us take a look at some of the key battles of that match.
Battles between Chelsea and Arsenal have never stopped being intriguing. Arsenal, during Didier Drogba’s days, was terrorized by the men in blue. However, once they registered a 3-1 victory in 2010, a mental block was seemingly removed. Arsenal won the next encounter 3-5. The most recent encounter ended in a 1-2 win for Chelsea.

Demba Ba vs. Fernando Torres

The first key battle...

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Leeds United vs Chelsea Preview

Tuesday December 18 2012,

Tags: Chelsea, Leeds United, Neil Warnock, Rafael Benitez, Frank Lampard

After comprehensively beating two premier league sides - Everton and Southampton - in the league cup, Leeds United will be looking to add Chelsea to that list on Wednesday.
Chelsea would have, by all means, avoided this away trip if given the choice, since the squad might be jet-lagged after making the 6000 mile trip from Japan.

Moreover, they lost in the final of the Club World Cup against Corinthians and playing Leeds at Ellan Road is not a walk in the park. 

Team news

Gary Cahill is suspended for this tie after seeing red in the FIFA Club...

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5 reasons why Chelsea must trust Benitez despite Champions League exit

Chelsea fans may still be mourning over the departure of Roberto Di Matteo. However, as a successor to the Italian, Rafael Benitez may not be as bad as many believe.
1. Chelsea’s victory over Nordsjalland

For a moment, just ignore the fact that Chelsea played Nordsjaelland in their final Champions League group game. They played an incredible match overall. The second half saw Chelsea attacks which simply oozed class. At the end of the day, they were knocked out due to a rule which perhaps needs revising- the head to head rule.

Winning 6-1...

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Chelsea vs Fulham Preview

On Matchday 14, fourth-placed Chelsea will play at home to Fulham hoping to leapfrog West Brom and keep pace with the Manchester clubs at the top of the EPL standings.
Analysis

It has been quite some time since any of these two sides tasted victory. Rafael Benitez would argue that he needs to win most on Wednesday. The former Liverpool head coach received a hostile reception by home fans on his Chelsea debut last weekend. Only success on the pitch can help Roberto Di Matteo’s heir to tone down the Blues’ furious supporters.

Meanwhile, also...

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Debate: 10 questions to ask on Di Matteo’s sacking & Rafael Benitez’s appointment

Tuesday November 27 2012,

Tags: Roberto Di Matteo, Rafael Benitez, Liverpool, Chelsea

Here are some answers to the questions which are definitely being asked about the appointment of Rafa Benitez and the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea.
Did Di Matteo deserve the sack?

Roberto Di Matteo won Chelsea a trophy that is coveted by just about every major club in Europe: the UEFA Champions League title. They beat two established teams of the competition against all odds in Barcelona and Bayern München to do so.

He earned the trust of his players; his players won the Champions League by trusting each other, not by outplaying...

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