Stamford Bridge stars unhappy with Spaniard.
Chelsea players have rebelled against interim boss Rafa Benitez in a training ground bust-up that followed criticism leveled at the Blues stars by the Spaniard according to the Daily Mail.
The Spanish boss is said to have questioned his squad’s attitude following their limp defeat to Man City and accused them of being unable to ‘grasp tactics’ and lacking desire and effort.
A senior player, unnamed, is then reported to have stated that his side was perfectly able to win the Champions League last term and that Rafa Benitez may indeed be the person to blame, this led to Benitez claiming his Chelsea side had under-performed ever since he took over from Roberto Di Matteo in November.
Following the incident John Terry is said to have entered the debate claiming that Rafa Benitez’s managerial methods were a contributing factor and this apparently led to a lengthy ‘heated’ discussion between senior players and the former Liverpol, Valencia and Inter Milan manager.
Rafa Benitez’s tenure at Chelsea has been something of a disaster with the West London club falling off the Premier League title race and now being in danger of falling out of the top four.
This comes after the Blues lost a Capital One Cup semi-final to eventual winners Swansea City and also lost the FIFA World Club Cup Final to Corinthians.
The 52 year old is very unlikely to be offered the Chelsea job on a permanent basis when his interim role ends with the club this summer, though it could perhaps be cut short even earlier if owner Roman Abramovich feels the dressing room unrest could further damage the club’s chances of cementing a Champions League berth for next term.