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Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez is refusing to concede defeat in the battle for the Premier League title.

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Rafael Benitez: Encouraged by the win over Nordsjaelland

Rafael Benitez: Encouraged by the win over Nordsjaelland

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The Blues have slipped 10 points behind leaders Manchester United following last weekend's defeat by West Ham but Benitez was encouraged by the 6-1 Champions League thrashing of Nordsjaelland in midweek.

"The last game was really good. We can talk about the level of the other team, but it was the Champions League," he said.

"The intensity was fantastic and I was really pleased with the performance of the players. At 75 minutes we were still pushing and pushing.

"It was the same at 86 minutes, so I think they showed the character they have.

"Fernando Torres was working very hard and the team was better attacking. He scored two more goals and hopefully there will be more."

Chelsea travel to Sunderland this weekend, while their two nearest rivals face each other in the Manchester derby, with Benitez adding: "My thoughts are clear - we have to win against Sunderland and we can be closer to at least one of them.

"If we can be closer sooner rather than later, much better. Obviously we'll have our chances if we start winning games."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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