Sunday, 20th January, 2013

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has spoken out about the side’s targets for the current season, admitting that winning the Premier League will be a tough ask from their present position.

The European champions sit 13 points behind Manchester United and nine off second-placed Manchester City. However, should Chelsea beat Arsenal today (match preview here) and Manchester United lose at Tottenham, the gap would be closed.

But still, with 23 games set to have been played after today, catching Sir Alex Ferguson’s men does look a stiff task for Chelsea.

"Obviously we cannot win now the FIFA Club World Cup but we still have some trophies ahead and we will try to win every trophy", he told his club’s official site.


"In terms of the league, I don’t see the table every day and say we can or we cannot, but what I can see is a top side coming this weekend and if we can get three points we will maybe be closer.

"The Capital One Cup is there so we will see, we can do well in the second leg, and the FA Cup and the Europa League are open so I have to improve the team and give the team confidence that we can win against anyone.

"In football you can lose and you can draw but if you have the belief that you can win against everyone, that is when you start winning games easier."

With Pep Guardiola having taken the job of Bayern Munich manager, the road is clearly open for Benitez to stake his claim to stay on as Chelsea boss into next season. Beating Arsenal, and comfortably, would surely help his cause.

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