Thursday 22 February 2018

No wild celebrations from Benitez

Rafael Benitez has no intention of indulging in wild goal celebrations
Rafael Benitez has no intention of indulging in wild goal celebrations

Rafael Benitez insisted there would be no wild celebrations from him if Chelsea ended their goal drought in their Barclays Premier League game at West Ham.

Wednesday night saw interim Blues boss Benitez become the first manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club to oversee two goalless draws in his opening two games in charge. He is also the first not to win one of his first two matches under the Russian, while Chelsea have now failed to score in three successive games for the first time in the Abramovich era.

Having been jeered, abused and subjected to banners protesting his very presence in the home dugout at Stamford Bridge, Benitez could be forgiven for letting out all his frustrations if Chelsea do score at Upton Park on Saturday, but he said: "I don't think so."

He went on: "You know me. I am really proud when we score and do things well, but sometimes, when you score, it's the time to talk to players.

"Some managers like to jump around and roar. The fans sometimes enjoy this."

Benitez, who insisted a goal would mean nothing on Saturday if it was not followed by a win, added: "When you're the manager, you want to celebrate but each celebrates in his own way. I'm happy inside and try to be ready for the next one."

Despite refusing to put on a show for the fans, Benitez is keen to build bridges with them, even though they appear to read something negative into everything he does.

The former Liverpool boss was attacked for wearing a 'red' tie during Wednesday night's game with Fulham, even though it was orange.

"My first tie was blue," Benitez said of the outfit he wore against Manchester City.

"I have a lot of respect for all my clubs. If not, I'd wear white for Real Madrid because I was there when I was 11."

Press Association

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