Benitez confident for Chelsea future despite facing fans' hostility
Rafael Benitez believes he could win the support of Chelsea fans in future after his first game in charge was booed by home crowds.
The ceaseless boos and jeers rocked the Stamford Bridge Sunday before the kick-off until the stadium announcer reminded the fans that they should keep silent and pay tribute with one-minute applause to the former Chelsea manager Dave Sexton who passed away, reports Xinhua.
With six shots less than the visiting Manchester City, the European champions ended the match in a goalless draw.
"My concentration was only on football in the match. I don't really get what they sang," said the interim manager, who took the job following the sack of Roberto Di Matteo, the man who helped Blues win the first ever Champions League trophy in May.
Roberto Mancini, Man City manager, said Benitez's only way to change the fans' views are "win, win and win".
"It's always not easy for new manager. It's difficult for him. But he is a good manager. He has experiences with many trophies. He has time to show it," said the Italian.
Benitez agreed with his counterpart's viewpoints.
"I understand that the fans concentrated on the rivalry in the past. You need to respect them," said the Spaniard, referring to his former managerial role in Liverpool.
"I will work hard with professionalism. Like fans, managers always try to win every games. When we start winning games, they can see that I try my best for the club and we want to win together."
After 13 rounds, Chelsea trailed the third-placed West Bromwich with one point less. The defending champions Man City slipped to the second of the table after Man United's victory Saturday.