There was mutiny in the stands at Stamford Bridge even though Chelsea held
City to a goalless draw in Rafa Benitez's first match in charge.
It was Chelsea's
first clean sheet in 12 games, which in some ways could be seen as progress
and certainly will be seen as two points dropped by City in the title race.
But home fans vented their fury at the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo and the
controversial appointment of former Liverpool manager Benitez in his place.
The bad feeling began even before the first whistle when the entire ground
booed and jeered an announcement to welcome Benitez to the club; and order
was only restored by a minute's applause in memory of former Chelsea manager
Dave Sexton, who died today.
If Sexton, who won Chelsea their first FA Cup and first European trophy, is
one of the most popular managers in Blues history then Benitez already has a
claim to go down as one of the most unpopular.