Chelsea veteran John Terry once slammed Rafa Benitez, causing a huge reshuffle.


Chelsea have gone through lists of managers in their time under Roman Abramovich and Rafa Benitez once took the reins on a caretaker basis until the end of the season

Rafa Benitez may have only been at Chelsea for six months but it was an absolute rollercoaster of highs and lows on and off the pitch.

The Spaniard arrived at Stamford Bridge for his first game in charge in 2012 to a fiercely hostile reception during a 0-0 draw with Manchester City.

Already an unpopular appointment due to his connection with Liverpool, Benitez did not help his cause with a series of controversial decisions.

Among them was his treatment of club captain John Terry, who was marginalised throughout Benitez’s time in the Chelsea dugout.

During the 2012/13 season, Blues legend Terry played in just 14 Premier League matches – the least ever since his emergence in 1999/00.

At Chelsea, player power has often appeared to ruld the roost so the decision to bench Terry did not go down well and when results failed to pick up, the defender let Benitez know.

Another meeting with City was to follow – this time in the FA Cup – and it ended in defeat in disappointing fashion and former Blues striker Demba Ba recalled the dressing room mood when Terry confronted the manager.

Ba told The Athletic: “Big players will take responsibility on the pitch but also off it when things don’t go the right way.

“I remember when we lost 2-1 to Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final, Rafa was criticising our lack of intensity after the game.

“But John Terry went: ‘No gaffer, the problem is that our training lacks intensity.’ Rafa’s training was mostly tactical, but the players wanted it to be more full-blooded.

“So the two of them had a frank exchange of views in front of everyone, and the next day, the whole team got together to talk things through as well.”

But that incident seemed to stir both player and manager as Chelsea did not lose any matches afterwards, even going on to win the Europa League.

The Blues also went on to finish third despite initially struggling under Benitez’s stewardship following an eight-match unbeaten streak at the end of the season.

That run included a win over Manchester United at Old Trafford with Juan Mata striking late and a 5-2 aggregate win over Basel in the. Brinkwire presents summary news.


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