Rafael Benitez is optimistic of succeeding in his brief as interim Chelsea manager by securing Champions League football next season.

With Chelsea 13 points behind leaders Manchester United and six adrift of second-spotted Manchester City, Benitez has already conceded defeat in the title race and a top-four place and Champions League qualification is the priority.

"At the moment I am confident we can do it," Benitez said. "We're in the top three at the moment, doing well. I have confidence that we have enough quality and, with the players coming back, we'll have enough options to manage the games, win more games in a row and be in the top four."

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