Goalkeeper Petr Cech believes Rafael Benitez deserves the chance to prove himself to Chelsea's supporters after being jeered before today's 0-0 draw with Manchester City.
Benitez's previous role as Liverpool manager means he is not a popular figure at Stamford Bridge and some fans made their feelings toward the Spaniard plain.
Cech told Sky Sports 1: "Unfortunately you can't change history. We had a lot of rivalry against Liverpool but he (Benitez) is here to try to change things, put us in a winning mode, and he needs to get a chance to prove he deserves the chance.''
Speaking about the game and the departure of former manager Roberto Di Matteo, Cech added: "It's always bad news as a player because you are responsible if you don't do well.
"Unfortunately you can't change the whole team and the manager is the first to go. Today was about starting from zero again and getting a positive result.
"You need some time when you change the manager to get a positive result and mood and 0-0 against the champions is not a bad result.''
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany was pleased to keep a clean sheet and revealed he had struggled throughout the 90 minutes with a knee injury.
"I don't know how I came through the game, I was on crutches 48 hours ago,'' Kompany said. "I just wanted to do it for the team and I am happy I could help the team, but it was not the most comfortable game.''
City manager Roberto Mancini was left to rue his side being "too soft'' in Chelsea's penalty area.
"I think we play very well but are missing a goal,'' Mancini said. "We had a lot of chances but were missing the last pass or shot.
"When you are near the box you should be very strong, if you are soft you cannot score. We dominated the first half, second half Chelsea did better, but we need to be strong, we were too soft.''