Rafael Benitez insists he is ready for whatever the Chelsea job throws at him, after taking charge on another controversial day at Stamford Bridge. Rafael Benitez says the challenges he will face at Chelsea do not faze him (Picture: Reuters) Benitez was appointed on Wednesday night, hours after the unceremonious sacking of Roberto Di Matteo, but his unveiling was overshadowed by the latest episode in a turbulent season for the club. Hours before Benitez met the media, the Football Association announced it would take no action against referee Mark Clattenburg over a Chelsea complaint that he made a racist remark to John Obi Mikel. An FA statement said the referee had ‘no case to answer’. The verdict raised questions about Chelsea’s decision to make their initial complaint public, especially in the wake of the recent John Terry race row. Benitez insisted he would be unfazed by media controversies and was just glad to take the job, saying: ‘I wasn’t worried about the press. After almost two years waiting for a top side, I had the opportunity and said “Yes”.’ Benitez, who will retain Terry as captain, also said he was ready for the challenge of rejuvenating Fernando Torres, the £50million striker he worked with at Liverpool. He said: ‘He’s one of the important players in this team, and I’ll try and improve him, like I will the other players. He is a top-class player.’
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