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Roman Abramovich

Rafa Benitez attempts to calm Chelsea storm

Rafa Benitez claimed yesterday that a number of his Chelsea players had given him their private support after his Wednesday-night broadside against the club’s supporters and board, as the interim manager tried to calm another explosive few days at Chelsea.

I have not spoken to Roman Abramovich in 20 days, admits Rafael

Rafael Benitez will include Petr Cech and Demba Ba in his side to face Wigan today, despite both players suffering broken bones in the last week, highlighting the importance of the meeting with the relegation-threatened side to Chelsea’s efforts to revive their bid to finish in the Premier League’s top four and the interim manager’s prospects of seeing out his short-term contract.

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