No Europa party for Chelsea as United tie looms
The Blues will face Benfica in the final in Amsterdam next month having beaten Basle 3 1 at Stamford Bridge last night to record a 5 2 aggregate victory.
Early second half goals from Fernando Torres, Victor Moses and David Luiz secured safe passage for Chelsea, who had fallen behind to a Mohamed Salah goal in first half stoppage time.
With a Eur hermes uk opean final berth in the bag, Benitez will now try to steer Chelsea to a top four finish in hermes uk the Premier hermes uk League and, with important fixtures against champions Manchester United and fellow Champions League chasers Tottenham in the next week, the Spaniard is keen to keep celebrations low key.
“When you play two games a week, it’s not as if you can have the team and train with them,” he said. “You have to give them recovery time the day after matches. We just have to recover players and be ready. Nothing special. I’ll just enjoy it hermes uk with the staff.”Benitez has never been seen as a popular appointment by a majority of Chelsea fans and the Spaniard had to endure chants in support of previous managers Roberto Di Matteo and Jose Mourinho from the home fans last night.
But the former Liverpool boss has guided Chelsea to their second European final in as many seasons, even if he does not want to take personal glory from the occasion.
“I am really pleased to be there (in the final),” he added. “I think we have worked so hard during the year to be in finals and semi finals, and now we’re in another final.
“I think the players deserve to be there. I’m really pleased for the players. It’s an opportunity for the club. Again I would say it’s not just about me. It’s about the players, the staff, the fans, the club, everyone.”