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Former Chelsea boss Grant call for Benitez support

Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant has called on the club to rally around interim manager Rafael Benitez, reports BBC Sport. Benitez was jeered by many Chelsea fans on his home debut and the former Liverpool manager is yet to win a league game with the club.

"The most important thing for them is they have a manager who needs supporting," Grant told the BBC.

Despite a 6-1 victory over Danish side Nordsjaelland on Wednesday, Chelsea became the first defending Champions League winners to be eliminated in the group stages of the competition.

"What Rafa needs now is good victories and good football to convince the supporters that they need to support him," Grant added on BBC Radio 5 live.

"But I think more than this, that the club need to support him, and then it will be more easy for him because it is not an easy time for Chelsea - first time out of the Champions League next stage, and the gap between them and the first place in the league is huge, so I think he needs it."

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