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.