Benitez confident of winning over Chelsea fans

Rafael Benitez believes he can get on his side Chelsea supporters disgruntled at the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo and the subsequent appointment of the former Liverpool manager, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Benitez was greeted with boos, negative songs and banners pledging support for Di Matteo when the Spaniard took charge of his first Chelsea fixture on Sunday, which ended in a 0-0 draw against Premier League champions Manchester City.

Owner Roman Abramovich watched from the directors’ box as Stamford Bridge played host to a series of pro-Di Matteo, anti-Benitez protests, including a round of applause in the 16th minute, so chosen because Di Matteo wore the No. 16 shirt in his days as a Chelsea player.

Benitez however feels that if results are positive, the Chelsea supporters will eventually come around and accept him as the club’s manager, and vowed to be professional in the face of the prevailing sentiment of unhappiness at his presence.

He said: “I want to change the perception. How? By working hard, doing my best and winning games. 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.

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