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Rafa delivers a fact, sadly not a surprising one

By Dan Wheeler




COBHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Rafael Benitez, Interim First-Team Manager of Chelsea addresses the media at Cobham training ground on February 20, 2013 in Cobham, England
COBHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Rafael Benitez, Interim First-Team Manager of Chelsea addresses the media at Cobham training ground on February 20, 2013 in Cobham, England

Post-match press conferences are never the most exciting or rewarding way to spend one’s time. Most of the time they are like being on a terrible date: formulaic, uninspiring, neither of you really wants to be there, and you never exchange numbers. Sometimes tough the trend is bucked into the troposphere and you get one to remember (a press conference, not a date - but if you manage to get that at the same time then fair play).

On Wednesday we got a presser to remember thanks to another belter from Rafa Benitez who chose the aftermath of Chelsea’s FA Cup 5th round win at Middlesbrough to reveal, amongst other things, he would be leaving the club at the end of the season. Benitez has a tendency to wear his heart on his sleeve (he is Spanish after all) but on Wednesday it was heart, lungs, liver, stomach, the whole internal lot. 

It is not, though, the first time Benitez has been so emotionally incontinent.