IT looks like Rafael Benitez’s tin hat is doing the trick already at Chelsea.
The Spaniard came in for some frightful abuse from the Stamford Bridge supporters when he replaced Roberto di Matteo as manager. Rafa, though, isn’t bothered about all that. He doesn’t care whether he’s liked or not. It’s ideal for him as he is under no pressure, and being interim manager is a great job – just ask Roberto di Matteo.
But things have gone a bit quieter in the stands now that Chelsea have started to score goals and win games.
The Londoners still have a chance of winning the title but they would almost certainly have to go to Manchester and win at both City and United. That’s a big ask for any team.
City are grinding out results and, as someone who has been lucky enough to win a title or two, that’s a great sign. They have experienced players who know how to win.
United, though, are still my favourites, although Sir Alex Ferguson was guilty of a complete over-reaction when he said Robin van Persie could have been killed when he was hit in the head by the ball at Swansea City last weekend.
Maybe he just wasn’t happy with how his team had played. I’ve had the ball hit at my head and, while it hurts, I didn’t then dive headlong into the player who’d kicked it at me. And I certainly didn’t think I was going to die!