Britannia Stadium

Next Game

Stoke v Chelsea

Monday, 22 December 2014, 20:00

Barclays Prem

iPro Stadium

Last Game

Derby 1 - 3 Chelsea

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Quarter-Final

Benitez focused on Chelsea

Rafael Benitez is reluctant to dwell on his past with Liverpool ahead of his return to Anfield with Chelsea.

Last Updated: 21/04/13 at 15:24 Post Comment

Rafael Benitez: Chelsea boss focused on current side ahead of Liverpool return

Rafael Benitez: Chelsea boss focused on current side ahead of Liverpool return

The Spaniard remains focused on securing a UEFA Champions League place amid hot competition from London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, with Everton also in contention.

Benitez is expected to receive a warm welcome from the fans at Liverpool, where he spent six years as manager and guided them to Champions League glory before departing in June 2010.

"I have a lot of respect, but I have to concentrate on my team," Benitez said.

"I don't want any misunderstanding, so I will concentrate just on Chelsea and the game and try to enjoy it, especially if we can win.

"I'm a professional and I am committed with Chelsea until the end of the season, to win, to achieve our targets.

"I was at Liverpool for six years, winning a lot of things together. The supporters will appreciate that, but at the same time they will try to support their team and they will understand that I have to try to do my best and win."

Benitez recently hinted that he would relish a return to Anfield as manager when he said he wanted to go back "home" to Liverpool, where he still resides.

But he insisted his comments were taken out of context, and he refused to pass judgement on current Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, saying: "I have a lot of respect for Liverpool Football Club and all their managers.

"What I said clearly is Liverpool is my home, my family is living there and because I don't want any misunderstanding, I will not talk about the club, the position or the manager's position or whatever. My family's there, it's my home."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

m only commenting on this (I don't care about Liverpool) because F365's twitter said I had call Matt Stanger a tw*t (which I don't agree with anyway) but I just wanted to be the first. Am I the first?

tk421
Trial And Error Rather Than Transition

S

unday, Sunday. Will there be a fan of either team, who if they are winning after 80 mins, won't still be nervous? This could be anything from 0-0 to 5-5, and no one would bat an eye.

megabrow (cufc)
A Season Of Continuous False Dawns

T

his year I am getting F365 a whack-a-mole game but with Brendan instead of the mole (Like the one with JD on Scrubs) and every time he pops up he says something. Outstanding Whack!, Character Whack!, Magnificent Whack!, Wonderful Composure Whack, Whack f**king Whack. Hours of fun.

hump3.
Trial And Error Rather Than Transition

Footer 365

Premier League: Neil Warnock blasts officials after Crystal Palace's 3-0 defeat at Man City

Neil Warnock said the decision to disallow a Crystal Palace goal in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City was "disgraceful".

Jose Mourinho rejects idea of retrospective action against divers

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says it would be a "disaster" to punish divers retrospectively.

Premier League: Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal are prepared to spend in January

Arsene Wenger says he won't buy for the sake of it but has vowed to spend in January if the right player is available.

Mail Box

More Players In The Wrong Bloody Shirt

Plus Cristiano Ronaldo, who looks 'heart-breakingly well-suited to a Real Madrid shirt' according to one United fan. Plus, words from the good doctor and plenty more...

Players Plainly Wearing The Wrong Strip...

There are some players who just look plain daft in whatever shirt they're wearing. Like Cesc and Robin. It's a cracking mailbox with a load of different themes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property