Rafael Benítez: the Chelsea emperor awaiting new clothes

Stamford Bridge Outside

Chelsea supporters have already made it abundantly clear that Rafael Benítez's face does not fit at Stamford Bridge, though it now appears neither does his official club suit.

The Spaniard is awaiting delivery of specially made formal wear from Dolce & Gabbana, the European champions' official suit suppliers. On top of that Benítez was criticised on Wednesday by some supporters for wearing an orange tie, rather than one in Chelsea blue, with his own suit while the economic downturn apparently delays delivery of his own clubwear.

"I have paid attention to these little things, and the first tie I wore at the club was blue," he said.

"But, still, I have some problems with the official suit. The Italian style is, well, 'different'. It's really nice, but it's a style for young people, not old people. The Italian style is more for players. They need some time [to supply one that fits] and, now, because of the [economic] crisis, no one has many suits in stock. So they have to make the right one."

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Dominic Fifield, for The Guardian on Friday 30th November 2012 22.30 Europe/London

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