Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has written an open letter to Blues fans to try and get them behind the team in their quest for silverware this year.

The former Liverpool boss has had a rocky start to his tenure at Stamford Bridge, receiving a lot of criticism from the Chelsea following who were feeling aggrieved at the dismissal of Champions League winning manager Roberto di Matteo.

The Spaniard was also hugely unpopular while manager of the Anfield club, as he and former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho regularly clashed in the media when the two sides were competing for Premier League and Champions League glory.

Benitez was not helped by the fact Chelsea drew their first two games of his reign 0-0 and lost the third 3-1 at West Ham after taking the lead, but they have won their last two and Fernando Torres bagged a brace in both.

Following the 3-1 win at Sunderland in Saturday, Benitez took to his official website to post a message directed at the Chelsea fans in a bid to explain how committed he was to win things with the Blues.

From the moment I accepted the offer to join Chelsea, my team and I have worked towards improving the results and getting the wins that we all want,” he said.

“No matter what hours we have to put in and the effort and sacrifice in order to achieve this.”

Benitez gave a short account of the situation that greeted him after his appointment by Roman Abramovich; claiming he had not had very much time to work with his new players after joining.

He then shared his thoughts on the task ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup and how he was determined to take Chelsea to the title at the club’s first opportunity.

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