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'They didn't do it': Rafa Benitez applauds Everton fans for moments vs Burnley

Rafa Benitez took a moment to thank Everton fans for their support against Burnley last weekend. The former Liverpool boss hasn’t had an easy time with his new club.

Everton currently sit on 10 points after four games while playing some very good football. Things look very positive, then – despite a highly controversial summer.

The Toffees appointed Rafa Benitez, of course, and bringing in the ex-Liverpool boss – and Reds legend – wasn’t for everyone. To say the Spaniard had to win some fans over would be an understatement.

But the opening games have been hugely encouraging in that regard. Everton are playing well and their new signings look fantastic. Overall, things feel positive and that’s enough for Benitez to applaud how the fans have taken to things.

Benitez on Everton fans

“The first-half against Burnley [at the weekend] it could have been easy for the fans to be negative, and I would have understood that, but they didn’t do it,” said Benitez, per the Liverpool Echo.

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“They appreciate that it’s a new team with a new manager and we are trying to do things in the right way. I had the same situation at Newcastle where people were talking about the fans.

“They knew the conditions and were supporting the team and it is exactly the same here.”

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The Burnley game certainly required some patience. Everton didn’t click into place for an hour and did trail at one stage. In the end, though, they managed three fantastic goals and ran away with it. The fans’ patience was more than rewarded.

But things will take a turn at some point – that’s just football. It’ll be interesting to see how much trust Benitez has built up by that stage or things could look a little messy once again.

What’s certain, though, is that this start has been excellent. Keep this up and Benitez can undoubtedly call on that support every week.

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