Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez believes his side can still win the Premier League despite a poor recent run of form which has left them 10 points off the pace.
The Spaniard, who was appointed boss until the end of the season after the unpopular sacking of Roberto Di Matteo, has presided over three league matches thus far, gaining a paltry two points.
The Blues will probably be even further off the pace in the coming weeks as due to their participation in the Club World Cup they do not have another Premier League fixture after today’s trip to Sunderland until 23rd December.
They have not won since beating Spurs on 20th October and the fiercely-criticised Spaniard knows a win at Sunderland is of paramount importance.
“Not for me, for the team, for the club, for everyone here, we want to win and we want to win together,” he said. “At Valencia (who he managed to two La Liga crowns between 2001 and 2004) we were eight points behind in January.
“If we have to do the same here, we’ll do it.
“I’m not worried about the distance but it’s important we win so we are close.”