Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has defended manager Rafa Benitez ahead of his departure.

Benitez is expected to be replaced by Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho at the end of the season.

"Rafa did a good job here, he gave me a lot of confidence. I started playing in the last month with Robbie [Di Matteo], so I improved since the first day with him. And afterwards when Rafa came, I learned a lot of things. Positioning, tactics, reading the game, the best way to do the right things."