Benitez: Chelsea must battle

Interim manager Rafa Benitez knows Chelsea will have to continue

to fight to the end of the season in what could be a nervy scrap

for a place in the Premier League’s top four.

A 2-0 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday afternoon dented the

London club’s hopes of finishing second and they are now looking

over their shoulders.

Tottenham Hotspur could move third with a win over West Ham

United on Monday night, while Arsenal are just two points behind

Chelsea.

And Benitez told

Sky Sports of the race for the top four after the loss to

City: “I said before the game, (if we win) it will still be a

battle to the end.

“Not winning is exactly the same situation. We have to carry on

until the end.”

A penalty save from Joe Hart against Frank Lampard after the

goalkeeper had brought down Demba Ba set the platform for City’s

win.

Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez went on to score the goals to settle

the game but Benitez thought the spot-kick was a turning point.

“The penalty is a crucial moment,” he said. “We did not do as

well as we were expecting but the penalty could have changed

everything.

“It was a good penalty and a good save. Ten minutes later, they

score. Then we have to take a risk and it is clear they are a good

team.”