Benitez hopes for final glory

Rafael Benitez at Chelsea training in the Amsterdam Arena. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

After the chaos and uncertainty of their season, Chelsea find themselves in a second European final in 12 months.

In truth, the road to Amsterdam was never a journey the club wanted to take. The Champions League is the only European competition they want to play in.

But after several disappointments - not only in that competition but all the others, plus the unhappy marriage with the Interim Manager Rafael Benitez - suddenly a Europa League trophy will look like a triumph.

Instability is actually Chelsea's stability. Despite preparing for their fourth manager in 15 months, the club are on the verge of making history. They could become the first to hold both the Champions League and the Europa League at the same time.

And as owner Roman Abramovich prepares for his 10th managerial change in as many years, Chelsea fans won't be sad to see Benitez go.

Banners of "Rafa out" are still visible at games, though the booing has (almost) died out.

No fan will chant his name in Amsterdam. Instead they sing of Jose Mourinho.

But if Benitez wins tonight, the best he'll get from supporters is silence. And that quiet, will be a deafening victory for the Interim Manager.