Chelsea boss still confident of top four finish
Rafael Benitez promises to fulfil his job and secure Chelsea Champions League football
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has vowed to fulfil his brief at the club by delivering Champions League football next season.
Chelsea are currently third in the Premier League and with Benitez already conceding the title to the Manchester clubs, Chelsea have only top four to play for.
With an FA Cup replay against Brentford coming up this month, Benitez has reiterated that Champions League qualification is top priority, a task familiar to him after his time at former club Liverpool. The Spanish coach promised Champions League football in 2009 and a happy Fernando Torres, but the club failed to make it to Europe's elite and Torres moved on to Stamford Bridge.
"At the moment I am confident we can do it. We're in the top three at the moment, doing well," said Benitez.
"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," he added.
"We never play for being in top four; we always play for winning every single game and try to be as high as possible in the table."
Chelsea won the Champions League last season but failed to make it past the group stages this time around, prompting a change of direction and coach, with Benitez coming in for Roberto Di Matteo.
With Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool all challenging along with Chelsea, the interim manager will have a job on his hands delivering what he has promised.
Having only won three out of ten games since the start of the year, with a 3-2 defeat to Newcastle on Saturday the latest in a line of poor results, the Spaniard will need to turn things around quickly before the Europa league becomes a more realistic target for the Blues.
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