Chelsea and Manchester City draw blanks in EPL showdown
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech jumped to the defense of Rafael Benitez, who was booed and jeered by Chelsea fans, following a goalless draw against the Premier League champions Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday night.
Rafael Benitez was the center of controversy at Stamford Bridge on Sunday night. The Spaniard has been appointed as interim manager of Chelsea till the end of the season by club owner Roman Abramovich, who overlooked the fact that Rafael Benitez had become a hated figure by Chelsea fans following his tenure at Liverpool.
During his days at the Merseyside, Rafael Benitez caused the rivalry between Liverpool and Chelsea to further increase. Apparently, Chelsea fans have had a hard time forgetting the snide comments Rafael Benitez used to make when he was at Anfield.
“Unfortunately you can't change history,” Petr Cech told Sky Sports 1 after the 0-0 draw against Manchester City. “We had a lot of rivalry against Liverpool but he (Benitez) is here to try to change things, put us in a winning mode, and he needs to get a chance to prove he deserves the chance.”
Petr Cech also spoke about the departure of former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo, who led Blues to their first Champions League trophy last season. The Russia international acknowledges that it’s the manager who has to pay for poor results, but players are also accountable for bad performances.
“Unfortunately you can't change the whole team and the manager is the first to go. Today was about starting from zero again and getting a positive result,” Petr Cech continued. “You need some time when you change the manager to get a positive result and mood and 0-0 against the champions is not a bad result.”
Vincent Kompany, who was expected to miss the match due to a knee injury, revealed that he hadn’t full recovered from his injuries. The Manchester City captain praised Chelsea for not conceding a goal and confessed he struggled with his knee injury throughout the game.
“I don't know how I came through the game, I was on crutches 48 hours ago,” said Vincent Kompany, who was also became the Man of the Match from Manchester City. “I just wanted to do it for the team and I am happy I could help the team, but it was not the most comfortable game.”
With this draw Chelsea fourth on the Premier League table with 25 points from 13 games. Meanwhile, Manchester City continues to breathe down the necks of archrivals Manchester United. With 29 points from 13 games, Manchester City is just a point away from taking over the top spot from Manchester United.