Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez is looking forward to returning to his old club Liverpool on Saturday, but has stated that he and his team are fully focused on the job in hand - gaining three points.
Benitez became somewhat of a Liverpool hero during his managerial stint on Merseyside, winning the FA Cup and the Champions league during his six-year spell that spanned from 2004 to 2010. Benitez also guided Liverpool to second place in the league during the 2008/09 season - their highest finish since winning the title in the 1989/90 campaign.
Speaking to reporters ahead of his Anfield return, Benitez was quick to bring up his appreciation for the support he received during his time at Liverpool, but reiterated he has a job to do for Chelsea until the end of the season.
"I have a lot of friends and memories from my time at Liverpool but I’ll try to concentrate on the game," Benitez said.
"I am committed to Chelsea and achieving our targets. Obviously I was a Liverpool for six years and we won trophies, so I hope the fans appreciate that.
"However they will also understand that I am their opponent on Sunday and they will support their own team."
Benitez spoke of the importance of securing a third place finish with Chelsea to ensure the Blues automatically qualify for the Champions League next season.
"It will be a tough game; Liverpool create a lot of chances and we will need to be strong in defence," Benitez added.
"We need to carry on winning because that will keep us in the driving seat to finish third."
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