Rafael Benitez is set to begin the challenge of winning round Chelsea's players and fans - as well as proving himself to the only man who matters at the club.
Wednesday night saw Roman Abramovich completed arguably his most controversial day yet at Stamford Bridge after appointing Benitez to succeed Roberto Di Matteo as manager. The Russian handed the former Liverpool boss a contract until the end of the season, having seemingly been unable to woo the man said to be his number one target.
Confirming new "interim" boss Benitez would meet Chelsea's players on Thursday, the European champions said in a statement: "Chelsea Football Club can confirm Rafael Benitez has been appointed interim first-team manager until the end of the season."
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