The Impossible Dream: Rafa Benitez Wants to Win Over Chelsea Fans

Stamford Bridge’s interim manager wants Blues fans to like him.

Rafael Benitez insists he will silence the hostility from Chelsea’s fans after he received an angry welcome before and during his first game in charge.

Benitez was booed when he appeared in the technical area and was subjected to abusive chants during the goalless draw with Manchester City.

“When fans are singing for me or against me I don’t care. I want to change the perception,” he said.

“How will I do it? By working hard, doing my best and winning games.”


Prior to the kick-off Rafa Benitez once again defending accusations of his overly-defensive tactical approach as a reporter once again brought up that chestnut. Chelsea then came away with a goalless draw at home to Man City, so one wonders if that acts as a repellent to such suggestions?

Clearly it’s wrong to judge Benitez’s mindset from one match against a genuine title contender but there wasn’t all that much for Blues fans to be hopeful about.

The continued use of Fernando Torres as the West London club’s sole attacking weapon must be beginning to worry Chelsea fans and if it’s a policy the new interim boss has been ordered to undertake by owner Roman Abramovich, as some have surmised, then it may prove to be a long hard season.

Rafa Benitez is clearly a hugely successful manager, with a great deal of tangible success all over his managerial CV, but it will take a series of good results to win over the Chelsea faithful and every game that passes without a victory or even a excellent performance without a three point haul, will further weaken relations between the fans and the manager.

Is this pairing doomed to failure?

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