Benitez Speaks: I’m leaving Chelsea


RAFA BENITEZ snapped last night and launched a blistering attack on Chelsea and their fans.

The Spaniard has endured ceaseless abuse since taking over in November.

After guiding the Blues to the FA Cup quarter-finals, Benitez said: “They gave me the title of interim manager which is a massive mistake.

“I will leave at the end of the season. The fans are not helping us. They are damaging the image of the club. They have to support the team instead of wasting time making banners.

“The fans do not create a good atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. They have to realise they are making a big mistake.

“They are putting pressure on the players.

“They could be playing Europa League again next season and not the Champions League.”

Benitez added: “I am a professional and I will do my job.

“The manager is the manager, one month, seven months, it does not matter. You are the manager.

“The people who run the club will know I am trying to do my best.

“I have been in charge of football for 26 years. I have won the Champions League, the FA Cup, the Italian Super Cup, the Spanish League twice.

“Nine trophies, all the trophies you can win at club level.”

Rafa’s latest rant came 48 hours after his training-ground row with skipper John Terry, as exclusively revealed by SunSport.

Now it would not be surprising if he had gone by the time Chelsea host West Brom on Saturday.

Ironically, the previous two Chelsea chiefs — Roberto Di Matteo and Andre Villas-Boas — were both axed by ruthless owner Roman Abramovich after losing to the Baggies.

Blues fans loathe Benitez for the rivalry they had when he was boss of Liverpool and the fact he replaced terrace hero Di Matteo at Stamford Bridge.

Benitez earned an FA Cup quarter-final clash at Manchester United after a stroke of duck last night.

The Blues were struggling to see off Championship outfit Middlesbrough in their fifth-round tie.

But in the 51st minute, Fernando Torres ducked out of the way of Ramires’ shot — and it flicked off the Spaniard and into the net.

Victor Moses’ strike confirmed the Old Trafford showdown on March 10.

PS RAFA: Chelsea’s last interim manager (Di Matteo) won the Champions League.