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Chelsea FC: The truth about Rafa Benitez’s magic dossier

by | 12th, February 2013

ON Monday, the Daily Mail had a scoop on Chelsea FC:

“REVEALED: How Rafa dossier worked a treat against Wigan”

Neil Ashton had the story of a “detailed document handed to  Sportsmail. Chelsea’s interim coach stresses the strengths and weaknesses of Roberto Martinez’s team ahead of their Barclays Premier League clash. With remarkable accuracy, the report identifies Wigan’s vulnerabilities and urges Chelsea players to take full advantage of their anxiety.”

This was a bit odd. Why would Benitez write that down when he could just show his players with videos? Ashton said that each member of the first team squad and coaching staff got the document. In it, Benitez noted with sage-like insight that Wigan (Premier League games played this seasons: 25; goals conceded: 47) were awful” at defending. No shit, Sherlock.

Chelsea then won 4-1.

Benitez’s insight had been “spot on”, said Ashton. The soothsayer had noted that Wigan would would “push men forward”. Di Santo was “capable of genius”. Really? Benitez said that? Ashton added that this dossier had been put together by Benitez’s first-team opposition analyst Xavi Valero”. Benitez “went through  Valero’s document line by line with the players on Friday afternoon …”

Wow. Only, it was nonsense. One day on, the Mail has another story,

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