Chelsea heads to Europa League after Champions League exit despite 6-1 victory
Rafael Benitez finally ended his winless streak at Chelsea against powerless European minnows FC Nordsjaelland by hammering them 6-1, however, the Spaniard couldn’t prevent the inevitable. Juventus picked up a 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, which meant Chelsea have become the first Champions League holders to crash out of the tournament before Christmas.
The interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez admits there is a hollow feeling in the Chelsea locker-room following their Champions League exit. The former Liverpool manager declared that his side will focus on bringing more positives results from here onwards.
“I think always when you win it is a positive. When it is at home it is even better,” Rafael Benitez said. “The way we won, we had 32 attempts and 18 on target, is really good.
“When you win you have to be happy but at same time we are disappointed as we didn't progress.”
Rafael Benitez will now pick up the pieces of Chelsea’s woeful Champions League campaign and attempt redemption in Europa League.
“We have to play another competition but at least we showed the level and quality we asked for,” Rafael Benitez continued. “We now have to think about Sunderland and the Europa League.
“But the game was so good today and we can see a lot of positives for the future. We pressed well, we created chances and scored a lot of goals. If you ask about Fernando also he scored goals.”
Rafael also had words of confidence and praise for his misfiring striker Fernando Torres. The 28-year-old Spain international fired a brace to find back his form with Chelsea.
“He [Fernando Torres] has to score. He was playing well and the team was helping him. If we create chances he will score goals,” Rafael Benitez added.
Chelsea, who have their fingers crossed for a shot at the Premier League title, will primarily focus on securing a Champions League berth this season. The London club is third placed on the Premier League table with 26 points from 15 games.
Manchester United is leading the table 10 points away from Chelsea, who are tied on points with fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur and fifth placed West Bromwich Albion. A better goal difference is keeping Chelsea afloat in the group.