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Benitez vows to fight for Blues

by Michelle Fortune , 12 February 2013

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez is happy with his decision to take over at Stamford Bridge despite failing to win over the club's fans.


Benitez was placed in charge following Roberto Di Matteo's dismissal in November but his appointment did not please the Blues' faithful and they have repeatedly made their feelings clear from the terraces.

It has been a turbulent three months for Benitez and his hopes of landing the job on a permanent basis appear to be slim with recent reports suggesting he is just one poor result away from being sacked.

Benitez, however, remains confident that he can bring success to the club and is no longer interested in trying to win over the fans.

"I cannot change the perception people have of me because I was successful at Liverpool against Chelsea. 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," he told the Daily Mirror.

"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.

"If people stop you on the street and they ask you questions, you can give them your answer or have a conversation with them, but when you are in the stadium, you cannot be thinking too much about what they say.

"I don't regret coming here at all. I knew Chelsea could be a difficult challenge but at the same time you had the potential to do things in the way you wanted to do things. As soon as I realised I had the opportunity, I knew there would be challenges but I thought I could fight for trophies. There are plenty of clubs where that is not possible. That is why I came and that is why I am here."

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