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Benitez targets Cup glory

SoccerNews in English Premier League 25 Jan 2013


Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has reiterated his desire to see the team fight for every trophy still available to them this season.

Following the Blues’ disappointing exit from the League Cup on Wednesday, Benitez said his side must now focus on the FA Cup, the Europa League and trying to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

“Since I have been here I have always said the same, we want to win every game, we want to win every trophy available,” he said.

“The FA Cup is our next target and we will try to do it. The priority is very clear, to finish in the four and try to progress as much as we can to the final or the semi-final or whatever but to try and do our best in the competitions, the Europa League and the FA Cup and to try to be in the top four.

“That is the most important thing, to be in the Champions League next year.”

Chelsea face an in-form Brentford side in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday and Benitez says the away game will prove a tough encounter.

“To be fair I have seen some games (of Brentford) and have been talking with the scouts, and we know that they are doing well. It will be a tough game because obviously it is a massive game for them,” Benitez said.

“(Brentford) will be pushing as they can play different ways, they can switch and they can try to win second balls. So they are quite an interesting team because they are doing well.”

He also had positive news regarding captain John Terry’s progress from injury and said the defender may feature against the League One side.

“(John) Terry has been training again, so this is fine because he was on the bench (against Swansea) and he was training today like a normal training session and maybe he will have a chance,” Benitez said.

“But this is a new approach because he has been training for three more days, so I think he is progressing, he is doing well, so he will have a chance to play.”


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