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Rafa Benitez returns to Chelsea - the club where supporters never accepted him despite winning a European trophy

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The video will start in 8 Cancel Rafa Benitez returns to his old club Chelsea and insists he left the Blues in a fantastic position after spending less than a season at Stamford Bridge.

"He came from Newcastle and played for us in the Premier League and we used Fernando Torres in the Europa League and Ba in the Premier League, having a striker in each competition."

Yet Benitez maintained his composure in difficult circumstances to deliver a European trophy and third place in the Premier League after picking up the pieces from Roberto Di Matteo who was sacked for poor results.

"So we did quite well with a good group of players.

Benitez told ChronicleLive: "We got to the semi-final of the cup, we won the Europa League and we finished third.

The Spaniard was handed an ice cold reception by Chelsea fans back in 2012 when he took over the club with many of them unhappy about his previous association with Liverpool - who dumped them out of the Champions League in 2005.

When asked about Newcastle's chances against fourth-placed Chelsea, Benitez added: "Now they have a good team and they won the Premier League a couple of years ago.
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