Register Login Scores

International

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.” 

nextarticle

Klopp Not Keen On Chelsea At All

19 comments

Top 5

The 6 Risks And Doubts For Soweto Derby

33 Feb 18, 2020 01:36 PM in Soweto Derby

The Highest-Paid Players In Europe Revealed

12 Feb 11, 2020 07:14 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Official: Khenyeza Appointed In Head Coach Role

38 Feb 18, 2020 11:37 AM in GladAfrica Championship

Man City Could Be Relegated To League Two

43 Feb 17, 2020 06:28 PM in English Premier League

Middendorp On Title Race Turning Point

69 Feb 17, 2020 02:22 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Man City Could Be Relegated To League Two

43 Feb 17, 2020 06:28 PM in English Premier League

Pitso Reveals What 'Angry' Zwane Said After Sub

66 Feb 15, 2020 07:30 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

4 Pipes Only: Did You See Mathoho’s Yellow Luxury Ride Squad?

1 Feb 19, 2020 08:00 AM in Stars & Their Cars

Pep's Stance If City Get Relegated To League Two Revealed

15 Feb 18, 2020 11:29 AM in English Premier League

Reports: Real & PSG Pushed UEFA To Ban Man City

17 Feb 19, 2020 09:30 AM in UEFA Champions League

Soweto Derby Focus – Zinnbauer On Chiefs Reality

26 Feb 18, 2020 09:18 AM in Soweto Derby

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

28 Nov 24, 2019 07:17 PM in World News

Khanye: Chiefs Are Very Predictable

80 Feb 18, 2020 02:32 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

9 Players Who Left Barca Because Of Messi

29 Nov 03, 2019 10:21 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Middendorp: We Must Forget About The Title Race

43 Feb 18, 2020 07:31 AM in Kaizer Chiefs