Benitez insists Chelsea need not panic over top four

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez insists there's no reason to panic over their top four status after defeat at Southampton.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez insists there's no reason to panic over their top four status after defeat at Southampton.

First-half goals from Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert handed Mauricio Pochettino another prized scalp, with Chelsea briefly drawing level courtesy of a John Terry header.

The Blues have now lost three successive away games in the league.

"It is the same situation, if we had three points more it would be easier," Benitez said. "We still have one game in hand and we have to carry on and concentrate and move on and start thinking about Monday (FA Cup quarter-final replay v Manchester United).

"In the league you still have a lot of games and I think it [the battle for a top-four finish] will run for the rest of the season."

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