sport news Rafael Benitez expects warm welcome from Chelsea fans

Rafael Benitez takes his Newcastle team to former club Chelsea on Saturday The Spaniard was Chelsea interim boss between November 2012 and May 2013 He guided Chelsea to a Europa League title and won 58.3 per cent of his games Many fans didn't take to Benitez though, partly due to his Liverpool connections But Benitez is anticipating a warm reception at Stamford Bridge this weekend

By Damian Spellman, Press Association Sport

Published: 16:43 GMT, 1 December 2017 | Updated: 16:43 GMT, 1 December 2017

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Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez will return to Chelsea confident he will receive a good reception after his brief cameo at Stamford Bridge.

Benitez was drafted in to replace manager Roberto Di Matteo in November 2012 and although he was only in charge for a little more than six months, he delivered owner Roman Abramovich a third-placed Premier League finish and the Europa League title.

He was replaced by Jose Mourinho before the start of the following season, but believes he did a good job and that it was appreciated by the majority of the club's supporters.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is expecting a warm welcome from Chelsea fans on Saturday

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is expecting a warm welcome from Chelsea fans on Saturday

Benitez will travel to Stamford Bridge looking for a first win in six Premier League matches

Benitez will travel to Stamford Bridge looking for a first win in six Premier League matches

The former Liverpool manager said: 'I think the fans will be fine. The normal fans who you can find on the streets were okay with me.

'When you go to the game, the rivalry between Chelsea and Liverpool

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