Poll of the Day: How should Benitez's tenure be viewed at Chelsea?

The interim manager has navigated a congested fixture list to bring the Blues the Europa League trophy, but has dropped a further 12 points on Manchester United in the title race

After guiding Chelsea to a Europa League win against Benfica on Wednesday night, Rafael Benitez ensured the Blues would go down in history as the first club to hold both the first- and second-tier European trophies at the same time.

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Benitez's reign at Stamford Bridge has been far from plain sailing, but after picking up the silverware, he can claim it was a success.

Or can he? When the former Liverpool boss took over, the Blues were just four points behind league leaders Manchester United. In the end they battled to secure a top-four place, and now sit 16 points behind the champions.

With the constant calls for his head from the Stamford Bridge faithful though, how do you perceive his time in west London? Could he have achieved more? Did he do well? Or was this the best he could have possibly done?


So, how do you think Benitez's reign at Chelsea should be viewed? Have your say by voting in our poll, leaving a comment below and getting involved via Facebook and Twitter.