The game show that is Chelsea has a new compere in Rafael Benitez, though the controller of the network appears to have scant regard to how the viewers rate the show. Unfortunately no one can guess the correct price of the first item, a broken down Spanish piece with a dodgy leg rated priceless by its Russian owner, but with other more disparaging guesses by everyone else.
It almost seems that Mr Abramovich has given the interim manager's job to the only other person who still believes in Torres. Obviously under Benitez, Torres had a brilliant record at Liverpool, scoring 56 goals from 79 games. A frightening proposition for any defender a few years ago, he has lost his main attribute as a striker, namely his pace. Some have said his goal famine is a mental problem, others that Chelsea need to play a certain way and build the team around him. From all current evidence if Benitez can not get Torres to fire, he may not last to long either at Stamford Bridge.
By all accounts Abramovich craves a Barcelona inspired brand of football, but has then gone and appointed a man who believes in the polar opposite ideals, don't give goals away, and a dreary draw is better than having a go and possibly losing.
To me Benitez just dosn't seem a natural fit for Chelsea. The fans don't want him, and have already expressed their opinions in barbed chanting in his first match. Benitez has said he didn't hear any of the nastiness, if he didn't he needs a hearing aid for Xmas!
He also hasn't learned from the Vilas-Boas era (well maybe era is pushing it), and has said that Lampard & Cole will be leaving in the summer. For a man, who is supposed to be one of the more cerebral managers (well he wears specs), this proclamation might come back and haunt him. Player power has already seen V B go. It's going to be very interesting to see how this next Chelsea chapter reads.
Betvictor offer odds of 4/7 that Benitez will be Chelsea manager on the 1st day of next season and 5/4 that he will still be in charge then.
Anyway I've got to go now, as there are two burly Russians at my door, wonder what they want?