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Chelsea interim boss Benitez deflects praise for Europa success

Chelsea caretaker manager Rafael Benitez has opted against taking the praise for helping the club into the Europa League final.

The Champions League holders are into a second successive European cup final following their semi-final triumph over FC Basel (5-2 on aggregate) but the Spaniard preferred to share the success with the rest of the club after stepping in to take the reins from Roberto Di Matteo in November.

"Again I would say it's not just about me," he said. "It's about the players, the staff, the fans, the club, everyone. I was helping the team.

"As a manager you have to do your job. When you play a lot of finals, another one is really good.

"The main thing is we're in the final and now we have to try and win it."

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