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Benitez: Working with Abramovich Will be Easy

23 Nov 2012

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Chelsea's new manager Rafael Benitez


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Chelsea's new manager Rafael Benitez insists it will be "easy" to work for owner Roman Abramovich after his previous troubles at Liverpool.

Abramovich sacked Roberto Di Matteo only six months after he had won the Champions League and FA Cup.

Benitez recalled his differences with former Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett at Anfield, reports the BBC.

"We have an owner, a technical director Michael Emenalo and a good staff. It's easy," said the Spaniard.

"I don't have two owners who don't talk to each other, which was a problem."

Benitez, who becomes Abramovich's ninth manager during his reign, was paraded at Stamford Bridge after being appointed until the end of the season.

The former Liverpool and Valencia manager, who confirmed John Terry would remain as Chelsea captain, had his first meeting with Abramovich on Thursday evening before taking charge against Premier League champions Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

And he set his sights on challenging for all of the five trophies still available to Chelsea this season, saying: "I have more desire to win trophies now than before.

"I analysed the squad. Can they win trophies? Yes. How many trophies can they win? We have five opportunities. OK. Carry on."

He also harbours hopes of extending his stay at Chelsea beyond the end of his current short-term deal, adding: "It is very simple. Winning games is a guarantee for everything. If you do it in a row you can win trophies. I'm really happy to be here in the Premier League with a chance to win trophies. Perfect."

Benitez has brought in former Liverpool and Chelsea player Bolo Zenden to his coaching staff - and his old Anfield cohorts Paco Miguel as fitness coach and Xavi Valero to specialise in video analysis.

The Spaniard, who stepped in after Di Matteo was dismissed in the wake of the 3-0 defeat to Juventus which leaves them in danger of failing to make the Champions League knockout phase, will make his base in London while his family remain in Wirral, with the workaholic boss saying: "It means I can work more."

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