Rafa Benitez Archive

Chelsea v Southampton preview and prediction – Benitez: Premiership points priority

Chelsea travel to St Mary’s for today’s Premier League match against Southampton, with one eye on Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Premiership runaway leaders Manchester United. Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has declared that the Southampton match has to be his priority, with Champions League qualification crucially important for the club. He also conceded that his

Chelsea captain still struggling for fitness

John Terry’s return to the Chelsea line-up has been put on hold, with the Chelsea captain struggling for match fitness. Terry made his return to action as a late substitute in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Stoke on Saturday, and had been expected to start tonight’s Premier League match against Southampton. Chelsea interim boss Rafa Benitez

Petr Cech refuses to rule out Lampard stay

Chelsea no.1 Petr Cech has refused to accept that Frank Lampard has no chance of being offered an extension to his contract, despite reports suggesting he has been told to leave. Lampard has been in fine form for the Blues in recent weeks, scoring 5 goals in his last 7 games. Despite his recent form,

Benitez feels improvement despite hostilities

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has claimed his team has improved under his guidance, despite the hostile reception he continues to receive at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have been in better form away from home of late, and one reason for this could be the Benitez effect, with many Chelsea fans opposed to the current manager

Chelsea captain John terry in contention for Stoke tie claims Benitez

Rafa Benitez has declared that John Terry could make his long-awaited return in Saturday’s Premier League tie with Stoke City. The Chelsea captain has resumed full training following a lengthy injury received in the Chelsea-Liverpool Premier League match on November 11. Benitez said: “The good news is John Terry is back in training and we’re

Benitez: Out with the old, in with the new

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez gave the biggest hint yet that Frank Lampard and the other “legends” may be on their way out in the near future. Lampard and Ashley Cole’s contracts are due to expire at the end of the season, and have yet to be offered new contracts. It had been reported that

Benitez: Chelsea hierarchy aware of transitional season

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez has insisted that the Blues are in a season of transition, with the West Londoners hierarchy on the same wavelength. Rafa said: “The team is a good team, when you have a good squad, you can manage players and you can keep a good team on the pitch, as has

Benitez: I hope Cech can return in 2-3 weeks

Rafa Benitez has tweeted that he hopes to see Chelsea’s Petr Cech return to action in the next 2-3 weeks. Cech was substituted half-way through the Everton game, after sustaining an injury while jumping for the ball, being replaced by Ross Turnball. The Czech international underwent tests on his groin injury on Monday, and the

Chelsea pay the price for Benitez’s tinkering

Chelsea lost 1-0 to Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge tonight, after Rafa Benitez tinkered with his starting line-up, leaving four of Chelsea’s regular stars on the bench. Benitez opted to start the game against bottom-of-the-table QPR without Ashley Cole, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Ramires. Chelsea had won 7 of their previous 8 games

Benitez confirms Chelsea looking to bolster their squad

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez has confirmed the club will be improving their squad this month, with the view to rotate Fernando Torres. Chelsea have held talks with Demba Ba last weekend, but failed to agree terms, and are expected to negotiate terms again in the near future. Agent fees are reported to be the