Rob Beasley (very informed, especially on internal matters) says it’s John Terry vs Rafael Benitez in the latest training bust-up at Chelsea. Some say Terry is concerned with his lack of playing time, some say Terry wasn’t too happy with Benitez criticising Chelsea’s squad in training. Although the full details are unknown, it’s still a shock. It’s been coming in some eyes (like me), but for some it’s stunning. A ridiculous act some would say, others would argue it’s well needed. Leave out your hate for Benitez and think, is this needed at Chelsea?
Here’s what we do know so far :
Rafa expressed his dismay at the 2-0 reverse and he performance of the team and he asked the players for their reaction to the loss.
The Chelsea captain and interim manager clashed just before training at the club’s Cobham complex. Benitez called the players into a circle to discuss Sunday’s damaging loss to Manchester City.
He expressed his dismay at the 2-0 reverse and he performance of the team and he asked the players for their reaction to the loss.
Terry, who was dropped for the game, spoke out and the discussion quickly escalated into a row between the pair.
A witness said: “It all kicked off between JT and Benitez as their frustrations over Sunday boiled over into a big bust-up.”
After picking up on a comment made by skipper Terry in the dressing room following their defeat at City, Benitez attempted to single him out. Terry defended himself and reminded Benitez that senior players have spoken to him about his managerial methods since he arrived after Chelsea’s shambolic defeat in the Champions League against Juventus.
A discussion that began with the best of intentions then descended into a heated discussion between the players and the interim coach.
This high-profile clash between the pair comes after The Sun apologised for incorrectly reporting that Benitez and Terry had allegedly rowed in the dressing room in the wake of Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat at Newcastle recently.
It is an alarming development as our side’s form continues to falter. This just proves that the problem is beyond the managerial post, whether it’s Benitez, Mourinho, AVB or Di Matteo – the egos of both manager and player clashing leads to big problems.. whatever happens now, is going to either hurt our poor season even more or expose our true problem. Until then, we are on alert as our club has the potential to combust from the inside, out.