Benitez proud of Chelsea tenure

Rafael Benitez has spoken of his pride at what he achieved in his brief spell as Chelsea manager, the Daily Mirror has reported, after the Spaniard won the Europa League, delivered Champions League qualification, and reached the semi-finals of the two domestic cup competitions.

Benitez has now left Stamford Bridge, with former manager Jose Mourinho expected to be appointed in his place following the end of the La Liga season. Mourinho previously managed Chelsea between 2004 and 2007 and has since taken charge of Inter – where he was succeed by Benitez – and Real Madrid, winning the Champions League with the Italian side and the Spanish title at Madrid.

And Benitez feels he has reason to look back on his time at the Blues with pride. He said: “You can analyse better than me, but two semi-finals, a trophy and top three – everybody was saying ‘you have to do this or that’ and we did it.

All I wanted to do was to do my job with a top side and to show people that we can still do well. The circumstances were special but still we did our job as best as possible, so I’m really pleased for everyone involved.

Benitez replaced Roberto Di Matteo in November 2012 and struggled to win over the Chelsea fans, disappointed at the treatment of his popular predecessor and also displeased at the installation of Benitez who, when Liverpool manager, engaged in a war of words with Mourinho’s Chelsea.

I’ve said before a lot of fans supported me in the end. Maybe some of them couldn’t change their minds,” Benitez added. “But we did our job and I hope everyone could enjoy it. We did what we had to do – that’s the main thing.

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