Benitez insists Chelsea will improve after bore draw against Fulham

The new Blues interim manager has seen his new club play out two stalemates in succession after being held by Fulham, but is confident time will change things at Stamford Bridge
Rafael Benitez insists Chelsea will improve over time after his side were booed off following a dire goalless draw with Fulham on Wednesday night.

The Blues have drawn 0-0 in both matches since Benitez’s appointment as interim manager last week as replacement for club legend Roberto Di Matteo, much to the anger of the majority of the west London club’s supporters.

After Benitez was booed on Sunday when taking his place in the dugout, there was once again mutiny in the crowd as supporters sang "we want our Chelsea back" and chanted Di Matteo’s name as the team’s poor run of form extended to just two wins from 10 games.

Benitez admitted he was disappointed with the result but claims he will get the side scoring goals and competing for trophies by the time his contract expires at the end of the season.

“The Premier League is a long, long competition,” said the Spaniard. “I think we can win the league, why not? The main thing is to win games. If we can win games, we will be up there and we will win competitions.

“The players are quite happy with what we are trying to do and it will be a question of time. If you don’t have time, you cannot manage.

“It’s not easy to judge after five training sessions and two matches. We need time to work on things. Two clean sheets is something positive but I want to score more goals and be more offensive.

“Everybody here was disappointed at the end. We have to give credit to Fulham for working very hard but these are the games we have to win.”

Benitez refused to criticise £50 million striker Fernando Torres, with whom he worked so well at Liverpool, and believes he can rebuild the confidence of his compatriot - and the rest of the squad.

He added: “Now it’s a question of coming back little by little. The main thing is keeping a solid team with good shape and then creating chances with the talent we have up front.

“It’s not a case of Fernando. They defended with a lot of bodies there and it wasn’t easy for him, Hazard, Oscar or anyone. You have to give credit to them and think about how we can improve a little in attack.”