Benitez unperturbed by barrage of abuse by Chelsea fans
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has said the torrent of abuse he suffered at the hands of Blues fans won't affect him, and added that he hopes the supporters would acknowledge the fact that he is there to help the European champions win trophies.
In front of inscrutable owner Roman Abramovich, Benitez ran the gauntlet of fans protesting at his appointment after the brutal sacking of Roberto Di Matteo
Fans welcomed him with chants of "F*** Benitez, you're not wanted here", and greeted his emergence from the tunnel with a cacophony of booing.
"I have been here in England for eight years and have heard a lot of things, but I was focused on the game. I don't listen to the crowd. I have been in England eight years and when fans are singing in the stands, I don't understand what they say," the Daily Mirror quoted Benitez, as saying.
"I was asking, 'What were they singing?' I don't care. 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," he added.
"The team was working very hard. You could see them all together and you could tell the fans are with the team. Hopefully they will be with me in the next few games because I will do a professional job and try to win," he said.