Benitez tells Chelsea fans: I have previous in reviving teams

Rafa Benitez says he knows how to revive Chelsea's fortunes this season. Benitez rejuvenated underdogs Valencia eight years ago when up against mighty Real Madrid.

Rafa Benitez says he knows how to revive Chelsea's fortunes this season.

Benitez rejuvenated underdogs Valencia eight years ago when up against mighty Real Madrid.

He said: “When I was at Valencia we were seven or eight points behind in January. I was talking with Ayala, Canizares and Pellegrino and told them we would win the league.

“They thought I was crazy. But the way that we trained was key. And the way we train here is, too. I have confidence we will be better and better every single week.”

A fixture pile-up is the biggest problem to Benitez’s immediate plans.

He said: “The difficulty is that we come back on Monday and have to play Leeds on Wednesday, so we’ll have to change quickly.

“Yesterday I was preparing the squad for Leeds.

“I have an idea of that squad but I cannot lose my focus — Monterrey was first and now it’s Corinthians.”

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