Rafa Benitez: Chelsea can still win league

Rafa Benitez, speaking after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw last night, claimed that Chelsea could still win the Premier League despite the 7-point gap that has emerged.

Chelsea have just played out two consecutive 0-0 stalemates for the first time in the Roman Abramovich ere.

Chelsea are yet to score, or succeed, under Rafa Benitez so far, but the manager insists there is no reason why Chelsea couldn’t in the league.

‘Why can’t we?’ Benitez said defiantly.

He added: ‘It’s still a long way to go. We have to keep going. We’ll have chances.

‘Remember, last season when City were ahead and it was “easy”.

‘Then they needed to win their last game. It’s a long, long competition.’

‘The main thing is to win games. If we do, we’ll be there and we can win competitions. We need to start doing that and the confidence will come back.’

When asked about Fernando Torres’ play, Rafa said: ‘It wasn’t easy for him, or Hazard or Oscar, We were on top of them, regaining the game higher up the pitch, and might have won it in the last minute.’

The Spaniard was then asked how Abramovich must be feeling following back-to-back stalemates, he replied: ‘You cannot be satisfied when you haven’t won these games,

‘City are a top side, a team with a lot of options.

‘Today, I saw a lot of positive things, sustaining the attacks and regaining the ball very high.

‘I didn’t like the two chances we gave away on the counter-attack, and when we didn’t move the ball too quickly, but it’s a question of time.

‘We’ve only had a few training sessions. We need more time.’

Chelsea were sorely missing some creativity tonight after resting Juan Mata, who eventually joined the game in the second half.

Benitez said: ‘We have too many games now, so we have to manage the squad.

‘We cannot play the same team every time. We have West Ham, Japan, too many games.’

He denied that results proved he was too focused on improving a defence that had not kept a clean sheet for 10 games or that the change of manager has unsettled the team.

‘If you talk with them, and we do all the time, they’re quite happy with the things we’re trying to achieve,’ he said.

If Chelsea don’t score at the weekend, away at Upton Park, then the Premier League is gone in my eyes. West Ham have proved that they are no pushovers already this season but we are Chelsea FC, the Champions League holders, and need to start winning now! Nothing less is acceptable.

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