Benitez refuses to issue apology to Chelsea fans

The ex-Liverpool boss endured a frosty reception from his new club’s supporters in his first game in charge on Sunday, and is keen to show he was the right choice to take over

Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez has refused to issue an apology to the club’s supporters for comments he made during his time in charge of Liverpool.

The Spaniard was booed by a section of Blues fans during his first game in charge against Manchester City on Sunday, with some holding up banners venting their frustrations at his appointment and Roberto Di Matteo’s sacking.

While in charge of Liverpool, Benitez made negative remarks about Chelsea supporters and the club’s decision to hand out 'plastic flags', while insisting he would never work for Chelsea.

And when quizzed if he was prepared to apologise for his previous remarks, he responded by telling reporters: "The problem is that we cannot analyse what I did nor what I say.

"We cannot really check. I will show them that I can try my best."

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The 52-year-old likened his situation to that of a new player arriving at a club, and is keen to focus on improving his new squad and starting to win matches again.

He added: "Imagine that you have a player that has no support of fans. What I will tell him is – listen, stay focused, work for your club. Don't be distracted, concentrate on football. I understand. I know about the fans.

"But at the same time I will try to prove that I am here for the right reasons, that I am here to win. I will concentrate on my coaching, to improve players, and to win."

Chelsea host local rivals Fulham in the Premier League on Wednesday desperate to end a recent slump which has seen them drop to third spot behind Manchester United and City.