Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez believes he will get a good reception from his old club Chelsea, ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash.
The Magpies travel to Stamford Bridge to face the Premier League champions in Saturday’s early kick-off, looking to build on their 2-2 draw with West Brom on Tuesday.
The Chronicle’s Chief Sports Writer Lee Ryder broke the news from Benitez’s press conference on his official Twitter account on Friday afternoon.
Rafa on reception from Chelsea fans: “The normal fans in the street are fine. The rivalry is because of LFC v CFC. We qualified for the Champions League and won the Europa League, the majority of them are fine.” #nufc #cfc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) December 1, 2017
Benitez experienced a brief spell as interim manager of Chelsea in the second half of the 2013/13 season, replacing Roberto Di Matteo who was sacked.
The Spaniard guided the club to a third-place finish in the Premier League and helped them clinch the 2013 Europa League title.
He insisted that he will get a good reception from the majority of Chelsea supporters when returns to Stamford Bridge with the Magpies on Saturday.
Benitez’s side are currently in 12th place in the Premier League table and are without a win in their last five matches, a run which stretches back to mid-October.
The Magpies battled back from 2-0 down to draw with the Baggies in their last Premier League game on Tuesday, thanks to a Ciaran Clark header and an 83rd-minute Johnny Evans own goal.
In other Newcastle United news, former Magpies goalkeeper Shay Given has delivered his verdict on his old club’s season so far.