Chelsea 0 - Swansea City 2: Manager Reaction - Rafael Benitez peddles the Kool-Aid, forgets that it's actually just Flavor Aid

Somebody's stinking up the place... - Clive Mason

Despite being booed by the Stamford Bridge faithful, the interim manager seems to be laboring under the impression that we sympathize with him. I did try, I really did. I even put on classical music. It didn't work.

Earlier this season, on September 15, 2012 to be exact, Chelsea went to Loftus Road and came back empty handed. Well technically, they came back with one point but it might as well have been empty handed. That day's 0-0 draw at QPR - which followed a 4-1 demolishing by Atletico Madrid - left a sour taste in many a fan's mouth and then manager Roberto Di Matteo had to resort to his well-oiled PR damage control machine.

Of course, back then Chelsea were top of the league, undefeated. Despite the 2-2 missed opportunity that followed in the Champions League versus Juventus, the league form gave us all quite a bit of hope. So perhaps it's no surprise that Di Matteo's Kool-Aid on that September Saturday tasted so much better than whatever it is that the current manager's trying to peddle now.

Di Matteo, September 15:

The only disappointment was we didn't score the goal with the chances we created because all in all, the performance was very good.

Fake Di Matteo, January 9:

The team was doing really well. We had a lot of chances and could have scored two or three in the first half, one or two in the second. [...] The team was attacking, had plenty of possession and creating the chances we had to against a good team...

Di Matteo, September 15:

We controlled the game very well, we created a number of chances...

Fake Di Matteo, January 9:

The way we played, the control we had, for me, is what we have to do. We have to be more clinical in front of goal and take these chances but we were doing a lot of these things really well.

Di Matteo, September 15:

I am not concerned because we created chances. It is the first game we haven't scored, we normally do, and we will continue to do so if we create chances.

Fake Di Matteo, January 9:

...we could have scored a goal and were in control. We were doing a lot of good things but in football you have to take your chances. If we played this game 10 times maybe we would win nine of them.

So, to sum up. Two men. Similar quotes, same PR damage control. Two managers. Similar tactics, same formation. Two men. Similar problems, not even remotely the same league/planet of gentlemen.

What was the point again?

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