Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Benitez Has a Plan to Win over the Fans

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Benitez Has a Plan to Win over the Fans

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Chelsea 0 Manchester City 0 RAFAEL Benitez agreed with Roberto Mancini that he needed to "win, win, win, win, win, win, win" to avoid a repeat of the nightmare welcome he was given as Chelsea manager after yesterday's goalless draw with Manchester City.

Interim boss Benitez vowed to turn the jeers into cheers having been subjected to the most vitriolic reception imaginable at Stamford Bridge for what was his first match in charge.

Opposite number Mancini claimed the only way for former Liverpool manager Benitez to win over his new club's supporters was to start winning on the pitch.

"Win, win, win, win, win, win, win, win every game - only the results can help," Mancini said.

And Benitez replied: "It's not a secret. It's true."

The Spaniard claimed to have not understood expletive-laden chants which included the words: "You're not welcome here.'' "I was asking: 'What were they singing?"' Benitez said. "I don't care. I'm just focused on the game."

When informed what fans had chanted, Benitez admitted he was not surprised following some of the questions at his unveiling on Thursday. "It was a surprise for you after the other day?" And the banners, which read: 'Rafa out'? He said: "How many people do you need to write a banner? Just one. Then two holding it.

"If we start winning games, they will come on board and they will see I'll try to do my best."

He added: "The main things is that the players are focused on the games. If they are, it'll be fine.

"I have confidence we will do well and win games.

"Some of the fans will realise it's not the way to support their team."

Owner Roman Abramovich is the only fan that really matters at Chelsea and Benitez confirmed the pair had spoken afterwards.

"He knows it was a tough game, a difficult time after the last games," said Benitez, who replaced Roberto Di Matteo after a run of two wins in eight.

"He's like me. He knows we have to win, want to win, and we keep working for that. …

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