Rafa Benitez spoke out after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw yesterday after receiving a very hostile reception from Chelsea fans.
The former Liverpool manager was loudly booed before the game, while many Chelsea fans sang songs such as “F*** off Benitez, you’re not welcome here”. Roberto Di Matteo’s name was sung throughout the match.
Rafa Benitez claimed he wasn’t listening to the fans, saying: “My experience in England is that when the fans are singing in the stands, I don’t understand what they say, So I was just concentrating. I can understand because of the rivalry in the past. But I’m sure the majority of the fans will understand: I’m a professional, I do my job, I want to win, and I want to win for the club. I hope they share those ideas.
“I was just concentrating on the game and not listening to anything else. Just the performance of the players on the pitch.”
Benitez was asked how he thought he could win them over, he replied simply: “Win, win, win, win, win, win, win. Win every game. Only the results can help, I think so.
“It’s not a secret, it’s true,
“If we start winning games, they will come on board and they will see I’ll try to do my best. The manager wants to win every game and the fans the same. So we will win together.
“The main thing is that the players are focused on the games. If they are, it’ll be fine. I have confidence we will do well and win games. Some of the fans will realise it’s not the way to support their team. They’ll know they have a professional manager in charge, someone who wants to win games.”
Rafa’s first game in charge was a tame one, with Chelsea having just the one shot on target. The Spaniard spoke to Roman Abramovich afterwards and said the Chelsea owner was relaxed about the result and performance. adding: “Abramovich knows it was a tough game, a difficult time after the last games,” Benitez said. “He knows my opinion. He’s like me: he knows we have to win, want to win, and we keep working for that.
“The team were not performing at their level in the last games and lost a bit of confidence from the Champions League game, But this was a clean sheet after so many games. You have some positives. I’m not 100 per cent satisfied because I want to win. But there aren’t too many teams better than City in the Premier League.”
This was Chelsea’s first clean sheet since the 4-0 win over FC Nordsjaelland back on October 2, but was not a good performance all round. Fernando Torres did nothing all game and showed no improvement, and a draw was more than we deserved out of the game. Did anybody else notice an improvement?