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Rafa Won't Let The Bastards Grind Him Down

Rafa Benitez says he has given up trying to win over the Chelsea supporters who have hated him from the day he arrived at Stamford Bridge.

Such is their distaste for the Spaniard after his triumphs over Chelsea while at Liverpool, that a hard core of Blues fans prefer the noxious atmosphere and instability engendered by their hatred to the thought of success under Benitez.

And while it is true that Rafa has been unable to deliver immediate and overwhelming success to the Bridge, he says that he has stopped worrying about placating his haters in the crowd.

"I cannot change the perception people have of me because I was successful at Liverpool against Chelsea," Benitez 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.”

Despite the vitriol with which he was greeted at Chelsea, and the fact that he is unlikely to remain there beyond his temporary appointment, Benitez insists he does not regret taking the job at a club where managers are treated like disposable nappies.

And the Champions League winner is adamant that the Blues are still in with a shout of winning trophies this season.

"I don't regret coming here at all,” he said.

“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.

"The reality is that we are a team in transition.

“The priority is to finish in the top four or top three. After that, we have two more trophies that we can try with the FA Cup and the Europa League.

"My ambition to win trophies is stronger than ever.” 

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