Benitez thrilled with display

Rafa Benitez found it hard to fault his Chelsea side after they

moved third in the Premier League table with an 8-0 hammering of

Aston Villa.

The home side forced Villa keeper Brad Guzan into several fine

saves and also missed a penalty as they came close to racking up

double figures.

The recently-aired anti-Benitez chants were few and far between

at Stamford Bridge by the end of a dream performance, and the

Spaniard cut a happy figure afterwards.

He said: “Everything impressed me. We have been talking before

about the mentality of the team; attacking, creating chances we had

good movement, we were good in defence. As a team we had the

balance we are looking for.

“We have played some good games and this is one of the games. In

terms of scoring goals, in terms of balance yes.”

David Luiz again impressed in midfield, capping a confident

performance with a thumping free-kick.

Benitez said: “I have said before he can play well in midfield

and at centre-half.

“He’s good in the air, can use both feet, can score goals and he

can tackle. He has a lot of attributes.”