Rafael Benitez replaces Roberto Di Matteo

Rafael Benitez
Rafael Benítez was appointed manager acting club from Chelsea as a replacement for Roberto di Matteo, thanked this Wednesday morning. Former Liverpool manager has a contract that runs until the end of the season. Facing Manchester City Sunday, Rafael Benítez will be on the bench for Chelsea. Rafael Benítez was appointed Wednesday manager Blues, a few hours after the announcement of the dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo. Remained for six seasons on the bench for Liverpool and free of any contract since his departure from Inter Milan in December 2010, the former Liverpool and Valencia coach is committed until the end of the season with Chelsea, has announced a release of the club which speaks of an "acting appointment". The duration of the contract and the qualification of the position are not innocent. It leaves the door open to the possible from Pep Guardiola next summer. It is an open secret: the 14 titles with Barca coach thrills the London club the wealthy Russian owner Roman Abramovich. This is not new. Since last summer and the departure of the Catalan of Barcelona, its name runs with emphasis on the banks of the Thames. For Roman Abramovich, Pep Guardiola is the coach who could practice a play appealing to his team. His new hope after winning the champions League. PEP Guardiola will perhaps accept that did not today: out of his sabbatical year. It is perhaps that part delivery. In the meantime, it was Rafael Benitez who will stick. He had already been contacted in March after the departure of André Villas-Boas. At the time, he refused to play the role of acting by the Blues. Today, he said yes. The proposal is longer and Roman Abramovich would have put the hand in the Pocket to convince him to accept this mission in the short term, according to British media. Rafael Benitez had never hidden his desire to return first League. The Chelsea challenge is also very enticing. However, he must quickly find the words so that his new protégés to redress the bar. After a good start in the Premier League, the Blues fell first to third place after a bad run of two defeats and two draws. And in the champions League, the defending champions are close to the exit after their defeat at Juventus (3-0). The ninth coach of Roman Abramovich at Chelsea, who will also have to revive its former star of the Reds Fernando Torres, will in any case remain at least a few months on the London bank. Perhaps if he and the Pep Guardiola option does not materialize. But it is still far away. Chelsea hopes already a shock against Manchester City next Sunday.

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