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Benítez denies negative vibes from Chelsea fans affecting team

Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez denies Chelsea's poor home form is down to the fans creating a negative feel around Stamford Bridge. The Blues have chalked up six wins on the road during Benitez's reign, but they have only managed one victory in six attempts at their west London home.

"It was always tough, always difficult when I went to Stamford Bridge (as Liverpool boss)," said Benitez, whose only home victory in the league was an 8-0 thrashing of Aston Villa on December 23.

"We will try to make it the same. It was (like that) for Aston Villa. After that everyone was scared."

But Benitez denied the criticism from the stands was the reason behind his team's slump at home and chose instead to blame perceived negative tactics of visiting teams.

"The atmosphere doesn't affect the players. We are professionals and we concentrate on our job," Benitez added.

"If we win, I'm sure they'll be happy. It's a question of the tactics of other teams, if they're deep or not.

"Arsenal are a top team. They won't be 11 men behind the ball on the edge of the box waiting. It's a different kind of game."

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