Benitez believes he can win over Chelsea supporters

Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez believes that he can get the Stamford Bridge faithful on his side by winning games, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Benitez replaced Roberto Di Matteo in the Chelsea dugout in November and Chelsea’s supporters wasted little time in showing their displeasure at the move. Not only was Di Matteo a former Chelsea midfielder, who won the FA Cup, among other trophies, in his time with the club, but only months earlier he took the team to glory in the Champions League, overseeing a penalty shootout victory against Bayern Munich in Bayern’s own Allianz Arena.

Di Matteo’s successor, on the other hand, had previously engaged in a feud with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, during his spell as Liverpool manager, and at the time made comments about Chelsea fans that were not altogether flattering.

Benitez has yet to be fully accepted by the Chelsea fanbase but he believes he will prove his worth to his doubters by winning matches. Chelsea play Sparta Prague on Thursday in the second-leg of their Europa League fixture and the Spaniard believes a series of good results will open supporters’ eyes.

He said: “You have to keep winning games and then the people will realise he is doing a fantastic job. As soon as you lose or draw, everything changes. But the team is working very hard and I think we’re going in the right direction. We have won three games in a row and the fans will appreciate that. We have to carry on winning, then it will be easier.

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