Etihad Stadium

Next Game

Man City v Chelsea

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 1 - 1 Schalke

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group G

Benitez understands boo-boys

Rafa Benitez says he can appreciate why Chelsea fans are frustrated but he thinks the team can become great again.

Last Updated: 12/02/13 at 08:41 Post Comment

Rafa Benitez: Hoping to win over Chelsea fans

Rafa Benitez: Hoping to win over Chelsea fans

Rafa Benitez says he can appreciate why Chelsea supporters are frustrated but he remains convinced the team can become great again.

Benitez was an unpopular choice as manager when he was placed in interim charge following the dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo earlier in the season, and he has struggled to win fans round due to a run of inconsistent results.

He says he can understand their feelings but has become accustomed to criticism and is working as hard as he can to get the Blues back on track.

"I cannot change the perception people have of me because I was successful at Liverpool against Chelsea," Benitez told the Daily Mirror. "I thought when I came that if I carried on winning games here, it would get easier.

"But if you cannot win all the time, I understand that sometimes the fans get a little bit frustrated. And I am frustrated too.

"But at any club, whatever its circumstances, there are always going to be people who do not agree with you.

"In football in England, you have 60million managers. In Spain, there are 40million managers. Everyone has an opinion. You have to accept that this is normal."

Benitez insists he is more confident than ever that Chelsea have the capability to enjoy another golden era in the next few years, but he feels this is a transitional season and says the main target is finishing in the top four.

"I think this group of players has great, great potential," the Spaniard enthused. "That is more clear now in my head than it was when I arrived. Their possibility to grow is even bigger than I suspected.

"Some of them need more confidence and some more experience in the Premier League. They can compete now but they can be even better.

"The reality is that we are a team in transition. The priority is to finish in the top four or top three. After that, we have two more trophies that we can try with the FA Cup and the Europa League."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Premier League: Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal stunned by 5-3 defeat at Leicester

Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal was left stunned by Leicester City's remarkable comeback at the King Power Stadium.

Man United 'nowhere near good enough' defensively, says Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher has accused Manchester United of "mismanagement" over transfers after their 5-3 loss to Leicester.

Premier League: We fear no-one, says Jamie Vardy after Leicester stun Manchester United

Jamie Vardy declared Leicester fearful of no-one after helping Nigel Pearson's side claim a thrilling 5-3 fightback win.

Mail Box

Liverpool Aren't Even Exciting This Season

Liverpool fans are seemingly resigned to slipping back into mediocrity, which in September isn't exactly ideal. Plus better Arsenal, Allardyce praise and an excited Saint...

Be Careful What You Wish For, Gooners

That's the message from a Man United fan in the mailbox. Plus, thoughts on Paul Lambert's new contract, the Alan Pardew dilemma at Newcastle and lots more...

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