Ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Newcastle United on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is confident he will receive a good reception from Chelsea fans.
Benitez was drafted in to replace manager Roberto Di Matteo in November 2012 and he guided Chelsea to a Europa League triumph.
Many Chelsea fans didn’t take to Benitez due to his Liverpool links but Benitez is anticipating a warm reception when he visits Stamford Bridge this weekend with his Newcastle United team.
“I think the fans will be fine. The normal fans who you can find on the streets were okay with me,” Benitez said.
“When you go to the game, the rivalry between Chelsea and Liverpool changed things and the perceptions of some people. The majority of people realised I was doing a professional job.
“We finished third, like Abramovich wanted, to qualify straight for the Champions League. We did it and we won the Europa League in the meantime. I think the fans will be happy with that.
“It was really positive there. I have a lot of friends there, the staff was really good and the fans were fine.
“I tried to take the positives out of things and those are that they realised we did our job until the end and more and we achieved what they wanted, which is fine.”