Chelsea latest: Benitez says fans resented him, Blue Belgians & more

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A magnetic ability to attract honours at Liverpool created a rift that even joining Chelsea in a managerial role could not heal in the mindset of the latter's supporters, according to current Napoli boss Rafael Benitez, who has steered his new side to a strong third position in the Serie A table after 12 match-days.

Despite amassing a winning percentage on a par with current crowd favourite Jose Mourinho and better than Champions League winning boss Roberto di Matteo, his own success in Europe and the FA Cup winner's medal as well as a clutch of strong victories, created an element of resentment.

'They remembered the successes we had with Liverpool against them, against that powerful Chelsea, and maybe that was stuck in their head,' said Benitez to Marca. 'That was past. We could not change.'

However, Benitez did add that he had a good relationship with the club itself, including the upper brass and the playing staff: 'With the players and staff I worked with there was a very good relationship but there was a group of fans that could not change the opinion.'

Elsewhere, the club's Belgian players have attracted the admiration around the world as AS Monaco hotshot Radamel Falcao moved to praise Thibaut Courtois in Nieuwsblad, claiming he is the best in his position, while international manager rates Kevin de Bruyne but believes he needs to leave Chelsea in order to further his career, state Sport-BILD.

And finally, a former Blue who is continually linked with Arsenal, Salomon Kalou is… yes, linked again to Arsenal. For £2.5m.

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