Chelsea’s Rafael Benítez expects hostile reception from Everton fans

Rafael Benítez is expecting a hostile reception from the Everton faithful when Chelsea travel to Goodison Park

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Rafael Benítez's Chelsea side are third in the Premier League table Photo: The Sport Review

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Rafael Benítez admits he is expecting a hostile reception from the Everton faithful when Chelsea travel to Goodison Park on Sunday.

The Spaniard, who spent six seasons on Merseyside as Liverpool boss, is still trying to win over his own club’s fans due to perceived criticism levelled at them during his time in charge at Anfield.

And although Benítez is braced for a frosty reception on his return to Liverpool, the Chelsea boss insists his only focus is on guiding his side to victory.

“I don’t think they will be supporting me the whole time but the main thing for me is that my players do their job,” he said.

“I have a good relationship with people in the city and what I expect is to find a manager up there with a team who want to win.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s 8-0 thrashing of Aston Villa on Sunday has been recognised by the League Managers Association, who named it Performance of the Week.

Upon receiving the award, the Chelsea interim boss said: “It is great to win this and I say thank you to the players because they deserve to receive all the credit as it was a great performance.

“We are now in a good moment, we are scoring goals and the game against Aston Villa was amazing, then after we had a professional performance against Norwich.”

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