Benitez expects tough Benfica test

May 03, 2013
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Rafa Benitez hopes his Chelsea side can finally secure some silverware this season by winning the Europa League after losing three finals earlier in the campaign.

After defeats in the Club World Cup final, Community Shield and Super Cup this season, interim Blues boss Benitez has guided his side into the Europa League final where they will come up against Benfica in Amsterdam on 15th May.

Chelsea did so by coming back from a goal behind to beat Swiss side FC Basel 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Thursday to seal a 5-2 aggregate victory.

Benfica, 2.25 to win the Europa League, were also given a scare before edging past Turkish side Fenerbahce in the other semi-final.

"We have one more opportunity to win a big title," said Benitez. "We have lost three finals this season.

"I am really pleased for them and everyone here. I think we have had a good atmosphere in the side. The players are working hard.

"It'll be tough because Benfica are a very, very dangerous team and hard to play against, but at least we are there. With the commitment and the quality, we'll have a chance for sure."

Chelsea, 1.66 to win the Europa League, still have eyes on a top-four finish in the Premier League and face champions Manchester United this weekend.

Chelsea, 1.16 to clinch a top-four finish, are 12.00 to beat Manchester United 2-1, with Fernando Torres available at 8.00 to open the scoring at Old Trafford.


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