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Benitez chuffed to get Chelsea to Europa League final

Rafael Benitez said he was over the moon to help guide Chelsea into this season's Europa League final.

The Blues saluted over FC Basel at home on Thursday night, winning 3-1 for a 5-2 aggregate triumph in the semi-finals, and caretaker boss Benitez was thrilled to have made the May 15 final where they will meet Benfica in Amsterdam.

"I am really pleased to be there," Benitez said of the final.

"I think we have worked so hard during the year to be in finals and semi-finals, and now we're in another final.

"I think the players deserve to be there.

"I'm really pleased for the players and everybody here. It's an opportunity for the club.

"It'll be tough because Benfica are a very, very dangerous team and hard to play against, but at least we are there.

"With the commitment and the quality, we'll have a chance for sure.

"I will go back home and try to be ready for tomorrow. We have another game on Sunday.

"When you play two games a week, it's not as if you can have the team and train with them.

"You have to give them recovery time the day after matches. We just have to recover players and be ready. Nothing special. I'll just enjoy it with the staff."

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