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.”