Chelsea boss Benitez: Liverpool clash will be emotional

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez admits their clash with former club Liverpool will be "emotional". It will be the first time Benitez has faced his old club since leaving.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez admits their clash with former club Liverpool will be "emotional".

It will be the first time Benitez has faced his old club since leaving.

"I will try to do the best for my team and that is Chelsea," said Benitez to the Daily Mail. "I am a professional and that is what I have to do. I cannot forget the time I spent there and the feeling, the atmosphere, the success, the link with the fans and the city — it is my home — but I will try to win. That is what I have to do.

"This will be quite emotional but I have to concentrate. It will not be easy when you see so many friends around but I will try to concentrate on the game. The players have to believe I can manage the situation and give them help if they need it. Normally, I am not too emotional but now I’m getting older it happens sometimes."

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