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Benitez seeks positives from exit

by Michelle Fortune , 06 December 2012

Rafael Benitez is confident of the future after watching Chelsea win for the first time since he took over the reins at Stamford Bridge.


Benitez has overseen two draws and a defeat in his short tenure but his Chelsea side bounced back to winning ways with a superb 6-1 win over FC Nordsjaelland in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

It was not enough to prevent their elimination from the Champions League, however, as Juventus defeated Shaktar Donetsk to ensure the Blues became the first defending champions in the history of the competition to crash out at the group stage the following season.

It was a bittersweet night for Benitez as left Stamford Bridge happy with the performance of his players but upset at the prospect of having to play in the Europa League.

"When you win the place is positive. The way we won, creating a lot of chances is really good. But the bad news is we have to play in another competition," Benitez told Sky Sports.

"At least the team showed the quality. We could see the intensity and this is the confirmation of what I have seen in training sessions.

"We are disappointed as we did not progress but we have to think about Sunderland (in the Premier League at the weekend) and the Europa League which is a challenge.

"The game was so good today. We could see a lot of positives for the future. We pressed well, created chances and scored goals."

While disappointed at the club's exit from the Champions League, Benitez is hopeful that the Blues can experience success in Europe this season and he will be looking to guide them to Europa League glory.

"I knew when I came here this could happen. We have to think about the Europa League. If you go to the semi-final or the final it is a great competition, We hope to be there," he added.

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