Dour Draw Welcomes the Unwelcome Benitez to Stamford Bridge


Chelsea fans left new manager Rafael Benitez ,and the man who appointed him owner Roman Abramovich, in no uncertainty as to their views on the recent turmoil at Stamford Bridge.

Abramovich sacked Roberto Di Matteo late last week, although the Italian had guided the club to its first ever Champions League title.

Former Liverpool boss Benitez was drafted in as his interim replacement but his appoinment was not greeted with universal joy.

Benitez took his place on the bench for the first time on Sunday as the West London Blues hosted EPL Champions Manchester City.

A chorus of boos greeted him which ceased only for the fans to show some swell deserved respect to former coach Dave Sexton who passed away.

Other fans held aloft signs calling for him to leave and on minute 16, a round of applause rang out for departed manager Roberto Di Matteo who wore the number 16 as a Chelsea player.

That drama surrounding the match proved more enticing than the drama during it. Neither side scored allowing Manchester United to regain top place in the EPL table.

They beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1 with the visitors being watched by their new manager Harry Redknapp who replaced Mark Hughes.

West Brom now sit third after beating Sundertand 4-2 on Saturday.


BBC Sport – Benitez says he can win over fans



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Steve is the founder and owner of Prost Amerika. He covered the expansion of MLS soccer in Cascadia at first hand. As Editor in Chief of, he was accredited at the 2014 World Cup Final. He is the former President of the North American Soccer Reporters Association/ Originally from Glasgow, he is a supporter of the Great Glasgow Alternative, Partick Thistle.

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