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Benitez Expected to Take Over Chelsea

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Rafael Benitez is flying into London to have an interview with Chelsea officials tonight and is expected to be named as the club’s new manager after Roberto di Matteo was sacked just six months into his reign.

Benitez is Chelsea’s first choice to replace Di Matteo, who was axed in the early hours of this morning after Chelsea lost at Juventus, leaving them in danger of failing to qualify for the knockout phase of the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Standard Sport understands the job is Benitez’s to lose, although he will only be given a contract until the end of the season with owner Roman Abramovich still keen on hiring former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola for the long term.

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