After Fernando Torres' first Premier League goal of 2013 sealed a 2-1 win over Manchester United-bound David Moyes' Toffees, captain John Terry, midfielder Frank Lampard and utility man Paulo Ferreira addressed the crowd, whose celebrations included a chorus for Jose Mourinho.
None of the trio mentioned Benitez, who opted to leave the lap of appreciation for the players, after succeeding in his mission to lead Chelsea to a Champions League return and silverware, with Wednesday's Europa League league final win.
"It's for the families and the players," said Benitez, who was praised by the players following the defeat of Benfica in Amsterdam on Wednesday.
"I received hundreds of messages, more than 200 messages on the website, from Chelsea fans saying thank you very much.
"For me that is enough, and also the players telling me things privately.
"The majority of [the supporters] were very positive in the end. That is good.
"We couldn't change the opinion of some of them. We tried to do our best until the end."
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