Staying positive! Chelsea boss Rafael Benítez pleased with his start
Rafael Benítez insists that he will continue to ignore the Chelsea fans who are still unhappy at his appointment in west London
Rafael Benítez insists that he will continue to ignore the Chelsea fans who are still unhappy at his appointment and has declared himself pleased with the start he has made to his Stamford Bridge reign.
The Blues are currently in third place in the Premier League table but can close the gap to second-placed Manchester City to four points if they win their game in hand against Southampton.
Benítez’s appointment as Roberto Di Matteo’s successor was met by an uproar from large portions of the Chelsea faithful due to the Spaniard’s frosty relationship with the club from his time in charge of Liverpool.
But Benítez says he is only focused on the positives of his reign to date.
“We have a lot of positivity around,” said the Chelsea interim boss ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League clash against Southampton.
“You can see the statistics and the numbers. The team are creating chances, scoring goals and keeping clean sheets, so there are a lot of positive signals around.
“My job is to focus on these positive things because that’s the way to move forward.
“When I came here there was a lot of talk about the team conceding goals in every single game, and we have conceded half of the goals we were and also scored more across all competitions, so I prefer to focus on the positive than the negative.”