Benitez may skip Chelsea lap of honour

Rafa Benitez admits he may give Chelsea's lap of honour a swerve tomorrow. Blues’ interim boss led the club to victory in the Europa League and a place in next season’s Champions League.

Rafa Benitez admits he may give Chelsea's lap of honour a swerve tomorrow.

Blues’ interim boss led the club to victory in the Europa League and a place in next season’s Champions League.

But his seven-month reign has been clouded in controversy and vitriolic abuse from fans because of his previous job as Liverpool manager.

He admitted: “I will try to concentrate on the game, hopefully enjoy it and we will see what happens after.

“What I can guarantee is that I will try to win the game. That is the main thing.

“I had a warm reception before from a lot of fans. They have said some things on my website and sent me emails. After winning the trophy on Wednesday, I have had even more.

“A lot of them have contacted me — I don’t know exactly how many, but a lot. I have thanked all the people for their messages.

“A lot of fans appreciate what we have tried to do. You can’t convince everyone, only try to do your job. If more appreciate that, it’s better.”

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