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Rafael Benitez lashes out at Chelsea fans

Updated: Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 11:06 | Comments

Rafael Benitez has hit out at Chelsea fans
Rafael Benitez has hit out at Chelsea fans

Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez launched a broadside against a section of the club's fans and has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season.

The interim manager, who was once again targeted by a section of his own club's support during their 2-0 FA Cup fifth round victory at Middlesbrough, was in defiant mood after the game.

He said: "I have been in charge in football for 26 years. I have won the Champions League, won the FIFA Club World Cup, the FA Cup, the Italian Super Cup, the Spanish league twice, nine trophies, all the trophies you can win at club level.

"A group of fans, they are not doing any favours for the team when they are singing and wasting time preparing banners.

"It's because someone made a mistake. They put my title (as) 'interim manager', and I will leave at the end of the season, so they don't need to waste time with me.

"They have to concentrate on supporting the team, that's what they have to do.

"In the end, they are not doing any favours to the club, to the rest of the fans and to the players.

"Every game they continue singing and they continue preparing banners, they are wasting time. What they have to do is support the team.

"A group of fans, they are not doing any favours for the team when they are singing and wasting time preparing banners" - Benitez

"If we cannot achieve what we expect to achieve, that is to be in the top four and be in the Champions League for next year, I will leave; they will stay in the Europa League."

Benitez' criticism had sparked suggestions his tenure in caretaker charge could come to an end as soon as today, rather than as scheduled at the end of season.

However, a Chelsea spokesperson said: "It's business as usual."

Press Association Sport understands Benitez was set to take training at the club's Cobham base on Thursday morning and, at this stage, is expected to be in charge for Saturday's Premier League clash with West Brom. 

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