Clearly many people are angered, upset, (insert your emotion here) about the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo and hiring of Rafa Benitez. I understand the attachment to RDM since he won the FA Cup and brought us to European glory in mere months. However, after all Roman has brought to this team, I find it rather saddening how many people are freaking out over the RDM sacking.
I get it, Rafa is the devil from Liverpool, blah blah blah, but the reality is Chelsea would not be what it is today without Roman, and to question him over the RDM sacking is rather shortsighted. We are in the same position as we were last year with AVB, and no one questioned his sacking. We are about to become the first CL winner to be eliminated in the group stage the following year, and we have shown poor form over the past month or so. Even with the retooling, this squad is better than West Brom, and should really be sitting in the top 3, not 4th.
I know there was a sense of attachment with RDM, but imagine if he lost the CL, he would have not even been here this season. One Cech save difference and we are singing a much different tune. My point is, RDM over the past month has not performed well, and got the hook. It is no different than AVB, or any one else who got the hook. Don't get upset becaue it is RDM. Roman does what he does, and the RDM firing is not out of the ordinary for Chelsea. You need to take the good with the bad, and the truth is the good is a lot better than the bad.
Also, we all know Guardiola is the man Roman treasures, so even if RDM made it through the season he was going to be gone anyways for Pep.
Now if you want to complain that he has put too much faith in Fernando Torres, you might have a point. Roman has a soft spot for his expensive strikers, and like Shevchenko, Torres has been a flop. Now unlike Shevs, I think Torres has gotten much more of a chance to prove himself. Torres sucked under Ancelotti, AVB, RDM and now probably Rafa. Torres is not in bad form, he has lot whatever made him a beast at Liverpool. He can't outrun anyone (and as a former track runner, his form is awful, he does not use his arms when running), and he does not have that clinical finishing. But even Roman can see Torres is beat, which is why you keep hearing of names like Falcao, Cavani, Shurrle, etc. The issue with Chelsea is the lack of depth in the striker and deep midfield position. I'm sure it will be taken care of in January.
We are lucky to have an owner where a 50 million pound flop does not adversley ruin our franchise for a decade, which is the case with some teams.
Don't be bitter, the grass isn't greener on the other side.