The Straits Times
Published on Nov 26, 2012

Chelsea and Manchester City play to goaless stalemate


LONDON (AFP) - Rafael Benitez was the target of angry jeers and taunts from fans of his new club Chelsea on Sunday as his tenure as manager began with a 0-0 draw at home to Manchester City.

Appointed as first-team coach on an interim basis after Roberto Di Matteo was sacked, Benitez has not been forgiven by some Chelsea fans for his spell as manager of rivals Liverpool.

He was roundly booed prior to kick-off at Stamford Bridge, while fans chanted in support of Di Matteo and brandished banners bearing the Italian's name.

"I can guarantee that I'm focused on the game, so I don't listen to the crowd," Benitez told Sky Sports afterwards.