Benitez insists a top-two finish is still within their grasp.
He said: “We never play to be in the top four, we play to win every game.
“We will try for the top two or higher.
“If you are the manager and say you cannot guarantee the top four, the players will think, ‘He has no confidence in us’. But I have confidence we can do it.
“We are a good team with good players and we have good players coming back.”