Chelsea 0 - 0 Manchester City

Match info: Premier League at Stamford Bridge

Date: 25/11/2012 KO: 16:00 Ref: C Foy Att: 41,792

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  • Last Updated: November 25 2012, 20:03 GMT

Rafael Benitez agreed with Roberto Mancini that he needed to "win, win, win, win, win, win, win" to avoid a repeat of the nightmare welcome he was given as Chelsea manager after Sunday's goalless draw with Manchester City.

Benitez wants fans on board

Interim boss Benitez vowed to turn the jeers into cheers having been subjected to the most vitriolic reception imaginable at Stamford Bridge for what was his first match in charge.

Opposite number Mancini claimed the only way for former Liverpool manager Benitez to win over his new club's supporters was to start winning on the pitch.

"Win, win, win, win, win, win, win, win every game - only the results can help," Mancini said.

Benitez said: "It's not a secret. It's true."

Spaniard Benitez claimed to have not understood expletive-laden chants which included the words: "You're not welcome here."

"I was asking: 'What were they singing?"' he said. "I don't care. I'm just focused on the game."

When informed what fans had chanted, Benitez admitted he was not surprised following some of the questions at his unveiling on Thursday.

"It was a surprise for you after the other day?"

And the banners, which read: 'Rafa out'?

He said: "How many people do you need to write a banner? Just one. Then two holding it.

"If we start winning games, they will come on board and they will see I'll try to do my best."

He added: "The main things is that the players are focused on the games. If they are, it'll be fine.

"I have confidence we will do well and win games.

"Some of the fans will realise it's not the way to support their team."

Owner Roman Abramovich is the only fan that really matters at Chelsea and Benitez confirmed the pair had spoken afterwards.

"He knows it was a tough game, a difficult time after the last games," said Benitez, who replaced Roberto Di Matteo after a run of two wins in eight.

"He's like me. He knows we have to win, want to win, and we keep working for that."

Abramovich would not have been impressed with just one shot on target from a side he desperately wants to be entertained by, or by the lack of impact from Fernando Torres.

Benitez said: "You could see he was trying very hard.

"The team has to help Fernando and create more chances, and he will score goals.

"You cannot expect a striker scoring just on his own, so we have to create more and better chances for him with the players we have."

At least Benitez stopped the rot at the back, Chelsea having gone 10 games without a clean sheet before today, including in Tuesday's fateful 3-0 Champions League defeat at Juventus.

"The team weren't performing at their level in the last games and lost a bit of confidence from the Champions League game," Benitez said.

"But this was a clean sheet after so many games. You have some positives.

"I'm not 100% satisfied because I want to win. But there aren't too many teams better than City in the Premier League."

The draw left Chelsea five points behind Manchester United a third of the way through the season.

"Things change all the time," said Benitez, who revealed Gary Cahill missed today's game through illness but should be fit for Wednesday's derby with Fulham.

Daniel Sturridge is unlikely to return.

City blew the chance to go back above United, with Sergio Aguero missing a simple chance to put them in front.

"We were so poor in the last 20 metres," Mancini said.

"When we have a chance, we need to score.

"If you are soft, you won't score. That's why I was upset."

Mancini admitted crashing out of the Champions League might play into City's hands in a title race in which he insisted Chelsea were very much a part.

But he acknowledged he had never heard such booing for a new manager from his own supporters.

He said: "I work with another team. But I can say it's very difficult for him and for his team to play well.

"I don't think that Rafa is a magician.

"I don't think he can change everything in a few days.

"Weeks ago, Chelsea were on top and playing well. They have good players. Every manager needs time."

Benitez's fellow former Inter Milan boss added: "To do this job is very difficult. To do it is fantastic. We know everything, but it's a difficult job.

"Also, in England, it's easier than in Italy to do this thing."


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