Rafael Benitez is confident that with a a number of strong signings in the summer transfer window, Chelsea can compete for the title next season. 

And despite going out of the FA Cup to Manchester City yesterday, the ex Liverpool manager has also heaped praise on his side after the improvements that they have made throughout the season.  Benitez still has an opportunity for silverware this season as his side face a Europa League semi-final against FC Basel on 25th April.

Benitez believes this seasons improvement will hold his young players in good stead for a push at the league title next season. 

He told reporters: "I'm sure that I will leave some good players with more experience. 

"I cannot take credit for signing them because they were already here, but some are young and they'll be much better at the end of the season."

However, despite this praise, Benitez has also lamented some of the mistakes that have been made this season that lead to Chelsea dropping points during games they ought to have won. 

He continued by saying: "It's a very good team but experience has cost us points in some games and maybe trophies. 

"If you sign two or three, they can challenge." 

No doubt that Benitez is referring to games such as QPR where the Hoops came away from Stamford Bridge with all three points - a game the Blues should easily have won. 

Benitez has also said that the constant criticism from the Chelsea faithful this season has helped him ensure that his team performs at their best.

He finished by saying: "The way I cope with pressure is trying to focus on the next challenge. I enjoy trying my best every time. 

"You can win a game 5-0 but you're still not happy because you wanted more. That's my nature."


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