Benitez confident of calling the shots at Chelsea

Rafael Benitez believes he has the understanding of his new employer, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, with licence to dictate the way in which the Premier League team set up on the pitch, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Abramovich and Benitez met earlier this week after the Spaniard was tasked with replacing Roberto Di Matteo, who was sacked following a series of disappointing results that saw Chelsea slip from the summit of the Premier League and have their progression in the Champions League brought into question.

Benitez begins his time in charge at Stamford Bridge by hosting the Premier League champions, Manchester City, with the Mirror claiming the former Liverpool boss could come in for an unfriendly reception when he first appears in the home dugout.

However, Benitez is not worried about matters on the field, having discussed tactics and strategy with Abramovich, and revealing he feels they have an understanding about what the 52-year-old intends to do with the players.

Benitez said: “My impression with [Abramovich] is he’s a nice person. You can talk with him. He understands. He likes to see you have a clear idea: ‘I think it’s ‘white’ because of this or that, or this is ‘black’ because of this or that.

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