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Graeme Le Saux: 'Chelsea fans changing opinion of Rafael Benitez'

Le Saux: 'Fans warming to Benitez'
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Ex-Chelsea player Graeme Le Saux believes that interim manager Rafael Benitez is beginning to get support from the club's supporters.

Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux believes that the club's fans are beginning to back manager Rafael Benitez after initially blasting the Spaniard's appointment at Stamford Bridge.

Many supporters expressed their discontent at the former Liverpool boss replacing Roberto Di Matteo at the Champions League-winning club but since the Blues moved to within seven points of second place in the Premier League table, Le Saux believes that the tide is turning.

"The relationship between the fans and club is building again," London 24 quotes Le Saux as saying.

"The fans were very quick to show their frustration at Roberto Di Matteo being sacked, but I think over time they are warming to the change. Ultimately the results we get as a club will dictate how the crowd respond."

Meanwhile, the Blues are preparing to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium this Saturday.


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Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez at the Stadium of Light on December 8, 2012
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2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
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12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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