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Chelsea Backs Rafa, Despite Rant
Guardian, February 28th, 2013 11:53AM

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Rafael Benitez looks set to continue as Chelsea’s interim coach despite unleashing a tirade directed at the club’s supporters and management following Wednesday’s 2-0 FA Cup 5th Round win against Middlesbrough. During the press conference, Benitez indicated that he would leave the club this summer, while saying that being given the title “interim manager” was a mistake, and that Chelsea’s supporters were doing the team no favors by not backing him.

Nevertheless, Chelsea has said that it’s “business as usual” at Stamford Bridge, with Benitez back running practice on Thursday. According to the Guardian, Blues management thought Benitez’s words were aimed more at Chelsea’s supporters than at club owner Roman Abramovich, which is why he wasn’t fired immediately. Meanwhile, the Independent claims that Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is being lined up for a return to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

During his rant on Wednesday, the Spaniard said: "I have a title. Someone decided the title would be 'interim'. Why? Just in case? If they want to blame me for everything that is wrong and then they say, 'We will put interim just in case', fine, that is your decision. I don't agree but it's your decision and now everybody has to take responsibility.

“But I will leave anyway because I have finished my contract, so they [his critics] don't need to be worried about me. What they have to do is concentrate on supporting the team. … The Chelsea fans are really good, they support the team, but if they continue with their agenda, I don't think they do any favors to the team."

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