Benitez focused on the game
By Football News
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez will attempt to put sentiment to one side when he returns to Anfield to take on Liverpool.
Benitez was in charge at Liverpool from 2004 to 2010 and is loved on Merseyside after leading the club to an incredible 2005 UEFA Champions League triumph.
The Spaniard still lives in the area and spoke about the respect he has for the club, but added that he wants to win the fixture that could be crucial in Chelsea's hopes of finishing second in the table.
"I have a lot of respect, but I have to concentrate on my team," Benitez said.
"I don't want any misunderstanding, so I will concentrate just on Chelsea and the game and try to enjoy it, especially if we can win.
"I am a professional so I will try to do my best to achieve the targets here. But I was there for six years and I have a lot of friends and a lot of good memories, so it will be quite emotional.
"But again I think they know me and everybody knows me so I will try to concentrate on the game and try to do my best in the 90 minutes.
"I was there for six years, winning a lot of things together. They [Liverpool supporters] will appreciate that, but at the same time they will try to support their team and they will understand that I have to try to do my best and win.
"I'm a professional and I am committed with Chelsea until the end of the season, to win, to achieve our targets."
Benitez also moved to clarify his comments after he was recently quoted saying he wanted to return 'home' to Liverpool.
"I have a lot of respect for Liverpool football club and all their managers," he said.
"What I said clearly is Liverpool is my home, my family is living there and because I don't want any misunderstanding, I will not talk about the club, the position or the manager's position or whatever.
"My family's there, it's my home."