I give up! Rafael Benítez accepts he may never win over Chelsea fans
Rafael Benítez fears he may never be able to win over the sections of the Chelsea faithful who are yet to warm to his appointment
Rafael Benítez admits that he may never be able to win over the large sections of the Chelsea faithful who have given the Spaniard a hostile reception at Stamford Bridge.
The 52-year-old’s appointment as Roberto Di Matteo’s temporary successor was met with outrage from many Blues fans as a result of Benítez’s frosty relationship with Chelsea that developed during his spell in charge of Liverpool.
Benítez has been met with a relentless chorus of jeers when taking to the dugout at Stamford Bridge since succeeding Di Matteo in November.
And the former Valencia coach, who concedes that he thought he would be able to win over supporters in time, now fears that he will never have the full backing of the fans.
“I cannot change the perception people have of me because I was successful at Liverpool against Chelsea,” Benítez told the Daily Mirror.
“I thought when I came that if I carried on winning games here, it would get easier, but if you cannot win all the time.
“I understand that sometimes the fans get a little bit frustrated and I am frustrated too, but at any club, whatever its circumstances, there are always going to be people who do not agree with you.
“In football in England, you have 60 million managers. In Spain, there are 40 million managers. Everyone has an opinion. You have to accept that this is normal. Especially now, in this society, everything is so quick.”
Chelsea travel to Sparta Prague for the first leg of their Europa League last-32 clash on Thursday night.