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Rafa Benitez guided Chelsea for six months and he won the Europa League with the Blues. Tomorrow the Spanish manager will be back for the first team as an opponent at Stamford Bridge and, despite some fans don’t like him for his connections with Liverpool, he expects a good reception from the majority of the public.

“I think the fans will be fine,” – Benitez said –  “The normal fans who you can find on the streets were ok with me. But the rivalry between Chelsea and Liverpool changed things and the perceptions of some people. The majority realised I was doing a professional job. Roman Abramovich wanted to qualify for the Champions League and we finished third. We did that and we won the Europa League in the mean time. I think the fans will be happy with that. It was really positive. I have a lot of friends there, the staff was really good and the fans were fine. I tried to take the positives out of things and those are that they realised we did our job until the end and more and we achieved what they wanted which is fine.”

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Chelsea will face Arsenal at Wembley for the Community Shield on Sunday, August 6th at Wembley.

However, before that game, which is worth the first trophy of the new season, the two London clubs will play a friendly tomorrow in China.

According to the Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger the game will not really be a friendly: “It’s a friendly against Chelsea and that means it is not really a friendly,” – Wenger said. – “There’s always some pride at stake and London desire. It was an interesting game in the FA Cup final. We play Chelsea in Community Shield and early in the season again. We know each other very well. It’s difficult to know how prepared Chelsea will be, it is another test for us.”

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We all know, Manuel Pelligrini and Jose Mourinho aren’t fan of each other. This is probably the reason why Manuel Pelligrini decided to take a swipe at Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea won the Premier League this season, with an eight points lead over second placed Manchester City. So, Pelligrini said:

“When he wins, Mourinho wants to take credit for everything. I don’t do that myself because when I won the Premier League, I didn’t say a word.”

However, Pelligrini insisted he has a lot of respect for Jose Mourinho despite not being his friend and added:

“I don’t have any problem with him, he’s not my enemy and there isn’t any conflict with him but I differ from Mourinho on all fronts. I have no interest in analysing him as a person.”


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