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Benitez thrilled as Chelsea make the running in Champions League race

Rafael Benitez was delighted for his Chelsea side after they defeated Swansea City 2-0 on Sunday.

The Blues gave themselves every chance of producing a top-four finish by moving two points ahead of fourth-placed Arsenal and three clear of Tottenham and pleasing caretaker boss Benitez in the process.

"I think it was a good game because not just to win, we created a lot of chances, we play nice football, the fancy players that we have, they were always around the box and defending we had some balance," he told Sky Sports.

"Some situations in the second half, they were attacking a little bit more and between the lines we had some problems, but still we had a lot of chances and I felt for the fans, it was a good game.

"…little by little the game was more open and the quality of our players, the combination was quite good.

"It is always important to score the first goal - to score two close to the end of the first half even better so we could start the second half with more confidence, they had to go forward so they leave more spaces and then that means we can use those spaces."

Oscar opened the scoring for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the 43rd minute before Frank Lampard went within one goal of Bobby Tambling's record of 202 by converting a penalty in stoppage time of the first half.

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