The 7 million euros record Swansea signing believes the former Valencia manager is capable of bringing success to Stamford Bridge, if the fans are willing to be patient with himSwansea midfielder Pablo Hernandez believes Chelsea supporters should be willing to give Rafa Benitez more time to settle at the club.
Hernandez was part of Valencia's youth setup when Benitez brought the Spanish title to the Mestalla, and the winger believes the 52-year-old could bring glory to Stamford Bridge, if the fans are patient.
“In the past, Rafa has been a good coach in La Liga and the Premier League. He won the Champions League for Liverpool. But people at Chelsea are not used to Rafa.”
The Swans face the Blues on Wednesday evening in their semifinal first leg and Hernandez has pinpointed former Valencia teammate Juan Mata as the man to beat if the Swans are to snatch a positive result.
“Mata is a big friend of mine. He was my roommate at Valencia for two years. We used to eat lunch and dinner together too,” Hernandez revealed. “He’s a good player and I’m happy that I can play against him and Chelsea. I remember Juan missed the Premier League game against us because he was injured. But he is an important player for Chelsea.
“He won’t be easy to stop, but I have confidence in the Swansea defense."