Chelsea appoint Benitez – for now

The Blues had fired Roberto di Matteo earlier today following the 3-0 UEFA Champions League drubbing by Juventus, and have wasted little time in appointing a successor.

Benitez has been without a job for almost two years since being sacked by Inter Milan, but will have to hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge.

A statement on Chelsea's official website read: "The owner and the board believe that in Benitez we have a manager with significant experience at the highest level of football, who can come in and immediately help deliver our objectives.”

Benitez becomes Chelsea’s ninth manager since Roman Abramovich took over in 2003.

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