Rafael Benítez is convinced he can prove a success at Chelsea FC after beginning his Blues reign with a goalless draw at home against fellow Premier League title rivals Manchester City FC on Sunday.
The Spaniard took charge of the European champions for the remainder of the season after Roberto Di Matteo was dismissed on Wednesday, and his first task will be to win over the club's supporters. Benítez enjoyed a feisty rivalry with the west London side during his spell as Liverpool FC manager between 2004 and 2010, but he is determined to get everybody at Stamford Bridge moving in the same direction.
"I want to change the perception. How? By working hard, doing my best and winning games," he explained after the City match, which left Chelsea fourth in the table, five points behind leaders Manchester United FC. "I will do my job and I want to win, and I want to win for this club. I hope they share those ideas. The fans, apart from that, are with the team. They will be with the team and, hopefully, with me in the next games because I will do a professional job and try to win."
The 52-year-old certainly enjoys the support of Roman Abramovich, and he explained that he spoke to Chelsea's Russian owner after full time. "He knows it was a tough game, a difficult time after the last games," said Benítez, whose new side are now without a victory in four matches in all competitions. "He's like me. He knows we have to win, want to win, and we keep working for that."
Key for the new man in the dugout could be the form of striker Fernando Torres, who has mustered just four league goals so far this term. Benítez enjoyed a productive relationship with the Spanish international when both were on Merseyside, and he feels that the 28-year-old can soon rediscover his scoring touch.
"You could see he was trying very hard," said Benítez. "The team has to help Fernando and create more chances, and he will score goals. You cannot expect a striker to score just on his own, so we have to create more and better chances for him with the players we have."
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