Fans protest over the signing of new manager Rafael Benitez, Chelsea v Manchester City, Barclays Premier League.
Rafael Benitez insisted he could not hear Chelsea fans booing after enduring a hostile reception at Stamford Bridge.
“I can guarantee because I was focused on the game I did not listen to the crowd,” Benitez told Sky Sports. “I don’t know if they said something or not. For me the main thing was team and their performance on the pitch.
“I was not listening; I was just concentrating on the game. You could see my body language in the dugout I was just trying to give instructions to my players.”
Asked what Benitez could do to win over the Chelsea fans, City boss Roberto Mancini said: “Win, win, win, win, win, win, win, win every game – only the results can help.”
Benitez responded: “It’s not a secret. It’s true.”
The Spaniard has signed a short-term deal having rejected Blues owner Roman Abramovich’s offer to take caretaker charge of the club in March after André Villas-Boas was dismissed.
Chelsea hailed Benítez as a coach “with significant experience at the highest level of football, who can come in and immediately help deliver our objectives”.
Rafa Benitez you’re not welcome here
This video was taken at half time at St Andrews for the fa cup replay with brum. AVB had recently been sacked and the Chelsea fans were singing who they didn’t want replacing him.