Friday, December 21, 2012


Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has admitted he does not understand the supporters who still abuse him in the stands and chant the name of former boss Roberto Di Matteo.

The former Liverpool manager has been subjected to taunts from the Stamford Bridge crowd since his first game in charge, a 0-0 draw with Manchester City last month.

However, Benitez, who led Chelsea to a 5-1 win over Leeds in the Capital One Cup in midweek, hopes improved results can silence the doubters.

'I have a challenge, that is to win and do well, it’s about time to convince many,' he told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

'If we can win, convincing will be easier, it says "be quiet", sometimes I do not understand the songs (fans sing against him), I’m focused on the game and do not know what happens in the stands.'

Benitez also admitted it can be difficult to adapt to England after spending so long in Spain.

'I spent 20 years in Spain and six here, and it is a very nice place but you have to adapt, if you don’t it is very difficult to bring players, the family does not fit,' he added.

'There is a lot of tradition, it’s all very endearing, it’s a very beautiful place. In England football is lived differently and to train here is very nice.'

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