Benayoun happy with Blues role

Israel midfielder Benayoun, 30, has yet to make his full debut for
the Blues after joining them from Liverpool this summer. But he
staked a claim for a starting berth by scoring his first Chelsea
goal after coming on in Saturday’s 6-0 Premier League drubbing of
Wigan. Benayoun claims his current bit-part role is no different
from that he played during his early Liverpool career and he is
confident of proving himself at Stamford Bridge, just as he did at
Anfield. He said in the Evening Standard: “I know I can do it; I
did it before in my career. “When I arrived at Liverpool, I knew I
had to wait on the bench and try to change games and now I’m also
doing it for Chelsea. “When you come to a big club you need to be
patient, there are a lot of quality players, but I just want to
prove that I deserve to be here every chance that I get. “I enjoy
playing anywhere and every minute I am on the pitch. I can play
anywhere in the three in midfield or the three up front.” Benayoun
has played barely an hour of first-team football for his new club
and scored just 11 minutes after coming on at the DW Stadium on
Saturday. “It’s always a good feeling to get your first goal for a
new club, but the most important thing was the win,” said Benayoun.
“To win 6-0 has lifted the confidence of the team. “It was very
difficult at first. We know what to expect from the Premier League
and knew after Wigan lost 4-0 to Blackpool, they would be ready to
fight. “But we are a strong team with a lot of character and
quality. We will win a lot of games.” Chelsea have enjoyed a
perfect start to their defence of the Premier League title, scoring
six goals in each of their opening two games. They have also kept
two clean sheets after conceding 10 times in their last four
pre-season games. And it is the latter statistic that has
particularly pleased defender Alex. He said: “It is a very
important thing. “We worked very hard in pre-season training on our
defending and now you can see the result.” Meanwhile, Dutch side
Vitesse Arnhem are expecting to sign Chelsea youngsters Slobodan
Rajkovic and Nemanja Matic on loan. Rajkovic has yet to make his
first-team debut for the Blues, while Matic has made two Premier
League substitute appearances. Serbian defender Rajkovic has
already had two loan spells in Holland, having played for both PSV
Eindhoven and FC Twente. Vitesse’s new owner, Merab Jordania,
claims the pair will join his club before the transfer window
closes. “Slobodan Rajkovic and Nemanja Matic? Yes, they will come,”
Jordania told De Telegraaf. A third Chelsea youngster, Jacob
Mellis, is also being linked with Vitesse.