Benitez believes fans are starting to back him
Chelsea interim boss Rafa Benitez believes the fans are starting to get behind him following Wednesday's 5-1 win at Leeds.
The Spaniard joined the club until the end of the season in November, but his appointment was widely met with derision due to the supporters' unhappiness at the dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo. The Blues initially struggled to get used to the former Liverpool boss' more defensive tactics, but appear to be finally adapting to his style and are still major contenders to win the Premier League outright. Chelsea host Aston Villa on Sunday and after their brilliant midweek performance in the League Cup against Leeds, punters may want to use their free bet to back them to beat Paul Lambert's men. The ever-confident Benitez believes his team will only continue to improve now they've got used to his methods and hopes the fans will appreciate his commitment to the job. "I said at the beginning that we have to win together, so it will be easier always if the fans are behind the team and supporting the team and we don't have any distraction," he said. "That is the way, for me, to carry on, trying to play good football and winning games, and I'm sure that they will appreciate this."