Former Chelsea manager reveals Abramovich was pleased with him

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Rafa Benitez managed Chelsea on interim basis in the 2012/13 season. The Spaniard was a temporary replacement for former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo after his sack.

However, the Chelsea fans didn’t take too kindly to Benitez following his rivalry with Chelsea while as Liverpool manager.

Benitez was consistently booed by the Chelsea fans, but he managed to lead Chelsea to the Europa League title and third place in the Premier League.

The former Chelsea boss has now revealed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was pleased with the work he did at Chelsea.

“The main thing for Abramovich was to be in the top three – that was his priority,” Benitez told FourFourTwo.

“There was animosity from some fans, but I can show you a lot of messages from players, [director] Marina Granovskaia, Abramovich and [technical director] Michael Emenalo. When we played two friendlies at the end of the season against Manchester City in New York, they took me to dinner and said, ‘Thanks very much.'”

Benitez is currently working in the Chinese Super League and is the manager of Dalian Yifang.

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