Rafael Benitez determined to win over Chelsea FC supporters
If Rafael Benitez was expecting a rapturous welcome at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, he was mistaken. The Spaniard stepped on to the pitch to be met with a mixture of cheers and jeers, with several supporters holding messages in support of former manager Roberto Di Matteo.
November 25th, 2012
Benitez will have done little to endear himself to the Chelsea season ticket holders after a fairly dull ninety minutes of football against Manchester City, something that has done little to aid the Blues’ chances of claiming the Premier League title.
Naturally, it’s too early to judge Benitez although the former Liverpool boss is determined to become a popular figure in the eyes of Chelsea supporters and claimed after the game that he didn’t hear any catcalls aimed in his direction.
“I have been here in England for eight years and have heard a lot of things,” he said. “The good thing is I don’t understand what people were singing. I was asking: ‘What are they saying?’ But I don’t care. I’m just focused on the game. I want to change the perception. How? By working hard, doing my best and winning games.
“I can understand it because of the rivalry in the past [with Benítez’s Liverpool side from 2004-10], and we cannot judge the supporters. We have to respect them. But I’m sure the majority of the fans will understand. I’m a professional.
“I will do my job and I want to win, and I want to win for this club. I hope they share those ideas. The fans, apart from that, are with the team. They will be with the team and, hopefully, with me in the next games because I will do a professional job and try to win.”