Chelsea let a two goal lead slip for the second time this month to draw 2-2 away to Reading.
They did the same at home to Southampton a fortnight ago, and recorded the same scoreline against League One side Brentford in the FA Cup at the weekend.
Offering his opinion on Chelsea's situation on Sky this morning, pundit Jamie Redknapp has been unequivocal in where it all went wrong.
"Chelsea were four points behind United when they sacked Di Matteo, look at where they've drifted out to now, it was a massive mistake."
Chelsea now sit 13 points behind Manchester United, and lie in third, just four points above third placed Spurs who also dropped points last night.
Redknapp added: "I just find it mystifying what's happened there... if you look at them now they are in danger of not finishing in the top four."
Do you expect Rafa Benitez to be there next season? "No I don't. I can only see it going one way for Benitez.
"The only one I can see going back is Mourinho."
It's hard to disagree with Redknapp's comments - Chelsea are sitting precariously in third at the moment, and the title is completely out of their reach.
They must negotiate the final few months of the season with a chasing pack on their heels and show real character, something they are not doing at present.
Whether they finish top four or not, Benitez' time at the club will surely be over come May.
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