Saturday, 9th February, 2013

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has praised his team for their 4-1 win over Wigan in the Premier League earlier today.

Goals from Ramires (23rd minute), Eden Hazard (56th minute), Frank Lampard (86th minute) and Marko Marin (90th minute), were only answered by a solitary strike from Shaun Maloney (58th minute), giving the hosts a comfortable victory.

It was also a result which ended a run of four games without a win for the Blues – and Benitez felt that they could even have beaten the Latics by a larger margin.

Reflecting upon the Blues’ current form, Benitez told his club’s official site: "What we have to do is win. When you have experience you know it can sometimes be difficult; you can win, you can lose, that’s the way it is.

"If you want to win something you have to be consistent, that’s normal. It’s not the end of the world if you throw away a game when you play well. The problem for me is if we don’t create chances or score goals, but we do that in every game.


"We are making some mistakes but we have a lot of positives, we could have scored six goals at the end."

The victory moves Chelsea back up to third above Tottenham Hotspur, who had temporarily leapfrogged the Blues after beating Newcastle 2-1.

While the title looks a bridge too far for Benitez’s men, securing a top four spot is the Spaniard’s primary responsibility and he will be happy his side have started on the winning habit once again.

Next up for the Blues is a return to European football, with a trip to face Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday.

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