Hostile reception for Benitez

Rafael Benitez was given a hostile reception by Chelsea fans at his first match in charge of the Blues - and a goalless draw with Manchester City did nothing to help.

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Hostile reception for Benitez as he takes the reins

Rafael Benitez was given a hostile reception by Chelsea fans at his first match in charge of the Blues - and a goalless draw with Manchester City did nothing to help.

There were expletive-laden chants of "you're not wanted here", and signs reading 'Benitez out' - coupled with songs and banners hailing the sacked Roberto Di Matteo.

And fans outside the stadium told ITV News that Benitez will "never be a Chelsea man" and he is "not the right man" for the job.

Read the full match report at ITV Sport.

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Benitez arrives at Chelsea training ground

New Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has arrived at the club's Cobham training ground.

Rafael Benitez arrives at Cobham
Rafael Benitez is driven into the Chelsea training ground. Credit: Press Association

The 52-year-old former Liverpool boss, who has signed a deal until the end of the season, will be presented as Chelsea's ninth manager since 2003 at a press conference later today.

Villas-Boas: Di Matteo axe is 'just another day' at Chelsea

Andre Villas-Boas has hit out at Chelsea following the surprise sacking of Roberto Di Matteo, who succeeded him in the Stamford Bridge hot seat.

The Tottenham manager said: “At Chelsea, I think another sacking is just like any other day at the office.”

He praised Di Matteo – who outlasted Villas-Boas’ tenure by five days - for winning two major trophies during his nine months in charge.

He has achieved so much in such a little amount of time.

His CV is maybe one of the best in the world now - he has won the Champions League and the FA Cup too.

It was difficult for Robbie and I wish him well for the rest of his career.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has now sacked seven managers since he bought the club nine years ago.

Rafa Benitez has been appointed as the club's interim manager until the end of the season and will meet players at the club's Cobham training ground this morning.

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