Rafa Benitez has promised Chelsea fans that he's looking to win every game with the club, and that during his short-term appointment he hopes to get the best out of struggling striker Fernando Torres. Speaking at his first press conference as Blues boss, the 52 year old said the chance to manage the European champions was too good to turn down.
"For me the most important is that I am here because I want to be here. It's a massive club, a club that allows me to fight for trophies. Every year...sorry every time that during this year they were asking me in a lot of interviews 'why you don't get this job? Why you don't get the other job?' And I was trying to say I am looking for the right opportunity, I am looking for a top side that can fight for trophies so when you have a chance like this you have to take it."
Benitez replaces Roberto Di Matteo with the Blues third in the Premier League and on the verge of exiting the Champions League. He said that he would continue to fight on all fronts during his short stint in charge.
"I don't care about the short term so what I have in my head is to win every game. We have five trophies to fight for so I will try to win from day one and at the end we will see what happens. So in football, in life you never know. So seven months you can win some trophies and I am sure everybody will be delighted."
The Spanaird will be looking to get the side playing the exciting football owner Roman Abramovich craves, as well as getting the best out of underperforming stars such as Fernando Torres. Benitiez first brought Torres to England in 2011 back when he was Liverpool manager, and he said that he was hopeful the forward could return to form.
"Again I would say that I showed (was shown) today a lot of players with a great attitude, Fernando was one of them. But the other players - Oscar, Ramires, Azpilicueta - any of them were training really well today. I could see a great attitude so with this attitude they will improve I am sure that they will improve. Can we help them to improve? We will do it, we will do our best and it will be easier with Fernando than the others. Fernando is a top class player and if he has a great attitude he will improve like Azpilicueta, like Obi Mikel, like Lampard or anyone."
Many Chelsea fans were displeased by the appointment of Benitez, and he will face a baptism of fire for his first game when the Blues play reigning Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner