I am not an idiot, neither am I blind, I do not blindly pledge allegiance to anyone, neither will I blindly hate someone as well. I chose this title because this situation reminded of that famous Youtube video. A person is being attacked constantly for how the end product turns out without even checking the circumstances that lead to this final product. In the 2009/2010 Inter probably had its most successful season in terms of silverware ever since it's inception, and all fans of the Nerazzuri were proud!
Last week after the derby, I wrote an article, although I was severely disappointed, defending this man! I wrote up all the reasons why I believed that Rafa shouldn't be sacked. Now one week later I'm going to try my best to present to you why I believe that Rafael Benitez must go, and I'm going to try to do it without contradicting anything I said last week.
The month of November has probably been the worst month of football for Inter since the Calciopoli scandal. We have, lost to Spurs, drawn with Brescia and Lecce and lost to Milan and Chievo. Luck is a big part of football, Jose Mourinho once said that he would rather be a lucky coach that a good one, and up until the game today I was under the impression that Rafa has been extremely unlucky up to this point. However today, in the Chievo game it became obvious that Rafa has a terribly flawed plan A, and a non-existent plan B.
A coach, by default, should always look to use tactics and formations that will utilize the strengths of his players. The formations may have done that for some of the players but the tactics sure as hell didn't. It's as if today, 11 different players were on the field and the 11 different players were given instructions to do whatever the hell they desired. Our play simply comprised of pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, and then we would either lose the the ball due to misplaced pass or via a shot taken from timbuktu. Game after game this month, Rafa has simply approached each game the same. He has yet to even alter the high defensive line which has made us even more, susceptible to counter attacks and have given us practically no space up front to do anything feasible in attack but pass.
I'm not in the habit of blaming the coach for injuries at all. Even if their is evidence that it is his fault, or whatever, solely because if I blame Rafa for these injuries then I could also blame Mourinho for the injuries last year, etc. I have no doubt that Rafa is a good manager, but so far he has shown nothing, but ineptness. It's true he came to Inter with the intent of playing a formation, let's call that A. However, injuries has plagued this team, and right now, the team is lacking it's best players. Why not do the most sensible thing, and just change the formation to better utilize the players we do have available? Would changing to another formation, let's call it B, hurt more than forcing youngsters and bench players to have to play in formation A?
Again, let me repeat myself, Rafael Benitez is a great manager, you have to be to lead any team be it great like Barcelona, or average like Porto to a UCL crown, but there are things that he is simply lacking that a team like Inter, especially with the kind of players it has, need to thrive. These are things that can't be measured, but can be easily seen, these things matter though, and they matter significantly. Rafa's approach may work for 99.99999% of teams out there, but at a team like Inter it simply cannot work. Rafa cannot change who he is unfortunately, so the Inter board should simply do the next best thing and change to a coach that would be better suited to this team.
It was was clear over the summer that Moratti, and Co. never had any kind of faith in Rafa. He was given a short term contract, which can be broken without any kind of effort. Inter can simply not go on like this, something needs to change. Despite the result of the previous game, despite what is said after a previous game, we approach the games the same way. Rafa has shown a complete inability to induce a change in approach, regardless of circumstance. One of the main reasons, why I defended Rafa was because I was confident that with his job on the line he would have been able to get the team to perform today. Today, was a must win game, regardless of how we look at it, and we didn't even pick up a point from this game.
"The definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." — Albert Einstein. Is Rafa Benitez a good coach? Yes. Is he stupid? I'll leave that for you to answer... I just feel that a change is needed, and as things stand now, unless Rafa is willing to change his tactics, management style and approach, to adjust to situations instead of his current one-size fits all method, and do it quickly..
Rafa Must Go!