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Man City baptism for Chelsea new man Benitez

Published on Nov 24, 2012 8:57 AM
 
Chelsea's new interim manager Rafael Benitez holds a jersey as he poses for a photograph during a news conference at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London on Nov 22, 2012. Benitez's hopes of winning over the Chelsea supporters face a stern test when his new side take on champions Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Rafael Benitez's hopes of winning over the Chelsea supporters face a stern test when his new side take on champions Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Chelsea fans have not universally welcomed Benitez's appointment as Roberto Di Matteo's interim successor, after the frequent spats that accompanied clashes between Benitez's Liverpool and Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

The Spaniard's response has been to confidently declare he will gain acceptance through success on the pitch and there is no doubt victory over the reigning Premier League champions would be a step in the right direction.

Benitez has been appointed until the end of the season but has talked of impressing the Chelsea hierarchy sufficiently to convince them to shelve any plans of pursuing former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, who has also been linked with a move to City.

 
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