Benítez can win over Chelsea fans, says Liverpool boss Rodgers

Radael Benítez can win over Chelsea's disgruntled supporters, according to Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

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Rafael Benítez was unveiled as Chelsea interim manager last week Photo: The Sport Review

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Brendan Rodgers believes Rafael Benítez can win over Chelsea supporters despite a mixed reaction to the Spaniard’s appointment as the club’s new interim first-team manager.

The former Liverpool manager took charge of the Blues for their goalless draw with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday after replacing Roberto Di Matteo on Thursday.

The club’s fans voiced their unhappiness at Di Matteo’s sacking and his successor’s appointment during the clash against the defending Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge.

But current Reds boss Rodgers, who previously coached at Chelsea, is confident Benítez can eradicate the ill-feeling with a run of victories.

“Rafa will only be focused on the job at hand. We’ve seen it before – if you can win games then that can override any ill-feeling,” Rodgers told talkSPORT.

“It’s a terrific club Chelsea and the supporters have been used to success now in the last eight to nine years.”

He added: “Roberto will obviously feel very harshly done by.

“In a short period of time he did a terrific job. But the owner puts the money into the club, they make the decisions and you have to run with it.

“It doesn’t make it right but Rafa is a very experienced manager and I’m sure he will go in and do a good job in the period he is in there, however long that is.”

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