Chelsea boss Benitez discusses his infamous "plastic flag" comments

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has discussed his disparaging comments about the club while in charge of Liverpool.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has discussed his disparaging comments about the club while in charge of Liverpool.

Many of them, including those about never wanting to manage Chelsea or claiming they were only successful because of Roman Abramovich, have been proved to be false; works of mischief by a blogger in the Czech Republic.

"I didn’t want to keep coming out denying every single comment," Benitez told the Daily Mail, but he holds up his hands to the quote about "plastic flags" which struck a nerve between the first two Champions League games.

"Our fans don’t need plastic flags,’ he said, in reference to flags laid out on seats at Stamford Bridge for fans to wave during the first leg. It is a remark still cherished by Liverpool supporters. ‘I was just trying to encourage our fans, that’s all," said Benitez.

"You try to create a good environment and if you remember in the Champions League semi-final, there was massive support from our fans for our players. It had to be like this.

"If you have a chance, now with Chelsea, you would try to do the same, for everyone, for the team. I’ve tried to bring everyone together here, supporting the team. I did the same there and I will do the same if I have to go to another team.

"Everyone has to have the same targets and the fans are very important for every team, for the motivation of the players. It’s the same in every club. If the fans are behind your players, it’s much better."

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