Football: Benitez vows to win round the Chelsea boo boys
Rafael Benitez was defiant last night that he could win the Chelsea fans over after being subjected to an extraordinarily hostile reception in his first game in charge.
The former Liverpool, right, manager was loudly booed before the 0-0 draw with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge yesterday, while many Chelsea fans sang songs such as "F*** off Benitez, you're not welcome here". Roberto Di Matteo's name was sung throughout.
"My experience in England is that when the fans are singing in the stands, I don't understand what they say," said the Spaniard. "I'm a professional, I do my job, I want to win, and I want to win for the club. I hope they share those ideas."
When Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was asked what Benitez needed to do to win over the fans, he replied: "Win, win, win, win, win, win, win. Win every game. Only the results can help, I think so."
Benitez's first game was fairly quiet, with Chelsea mustering just one shot on target. The draw keeps Manchester United top of the Premier League, with Chelsea in fourth behind West Bromwich.
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