|Premier League Management Record|
|Premier League Clubs||Liverpool, Chelsea|
|Manager of the Year||-|
|Manager of the Month||
November 2005, December 2005, January 2007, October 2008, March 2009, April 2013
Rafael Benitez was appointed as Interim First Team Manager of Chelsea in November 2012, until the end of the 2012/13 season, three years after parting company with Liverpool after a successful six-year spell at Anfield.
Spaniard Benitez learned his trade in his homeland and earned his first big managerial role with Valencia. He won the Spanish League title twice and the UEFA Cup during his time in charge, leading to him taking over at Liverpool in 2004.
His success in Europe continued as he guided his Liverpool side to victory in the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, winning a thrilling penalty shoot-out victory against AC Milan after the match finished 3-3 after extra-time. Two years later Liverpool met Milan again in the Final, but the Italian side emerged victorious on that occasion.
Domestically, Benitez enjoyed great success in the Barclays Premier League, leading the Merseyside club to Top 5 finishes in his first five seasons in charge. Liverpool finished second in the 2008/09 campaign and ended the season just four points behind champions Manchester United. The Spaniard, who has picked up the Premier League’s Manager of the Month award on six occasions, also oversaw victory in the 2006 FA Cup Final.
After a brief spell at Inter Milan, Benitez returned to England as Chelsea's interim boss for the 2012/13 season and lifted the UEFA Europa League trophy, with an injury time header from Branislav Ivanovic securing a 2-1 victory over Benfica. He also guided Chelsea to a Top 4 finish in the Premier League and subsequent Champions League qualification.
From Chelsea, Benitez moved back to Italy to take over as the manager of Napoli.
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