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Benitez: Chelsea fixture congestion a sign of success

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Benitez believes busy period shows a sign of success. (©GettyImages)
Benitez believes busy period shows a sign of success. (©GettyImages).

Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez has insisted that the club's fixture pile-up should be seen as a sign of success, and not as a problem for the west London club.

The Spaniard is a firm believer that this congestion shows that the club are fighting for numerous honours which should be seen as a good thing rather than a dilemma.

The London club face five games in 13 days including their FA Cup replay at Stamford Bridge against Manchester United on Easter Monday.

Other games in that 13 day period include their Europa League quarter final home and away legs against Russian outfit Rubin Kazan. 

They also host Sunderland in the Premier League and start their busy period with a trip to the south coast to face Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton on Saturday.

However, the former Liverpool manager has conceded that it will be impossible to play a full strength side in every match.

"It is better to have this problem than be at home watching it on the telly," Benitez said, according to Sky Sports.

"It is better to have this schedule because it means you are still competing.

"With a top side, the last month in the season is when you fight for trophies. We are still there and it is a positive.

"At this stage of the competition you have to win and then you can win trophies. It has to be now, in this period."

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