Chelsea duo salute Benitez

Chelsea defenders David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta saluted interim boss Rafa Benitez after he guided the Blues to Europa League glory.

Last Updated: 16/05/13 at 11:40 Post Comment

David Luiz: Chelsea defender in action against his former club Benfica

David Luiz: Chelsea defender in action against his former club Benfica

Benitez's short-term stay at Stamford Bridge, in which he has never won over sections of the fans, is expected to come to an end after Sunday's clash with Everton.

He will sign off with silverware added to the trophy cabinet after Branislav Ivanovic's last-gasp header secured a dramatic 2-1 victory over Benfica in Amsterdam.

Luiz told Sky Sports: "Many people said bad things about him this year, but he is a professional guy with a lot of character and he deserves a title this season. It is fantastic for him.

"He is a fantastic coach, I am so happy with this because he helped me a lot, he taught me many things this year."

And Azpilicueta added: "Football is like this, life is like this. Sometimes you change the players, you change the manager.

"I am very happy with him because I have played a lot of games and he gave me a lot of confidence.

"Life is meant to carry on, his career will carry on. He tried the best for Chelsea, I am a Chelsea player and I am very happy."

Jose Mourinho has been strongly linked with a return to Chelsea this summer, with the former Blues boss tipped to leave Real Madrid.

Full-back Paulo Ferreira, who followed Mourinho to West London from Porto back in 2004, would welcome the chance to work with his old boss once again.

Ferreira told Sky Sports: "He is someone who came into Chelsea and this means titles; that is what the club wants.

"The last 10 years that he has been a coach you can see he succeeds in every league. That is why everyone wants to see him here, but let's see what happens."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Transfer news: Frank Lampard signs for New York City FC

England midfielder Frank Lampard has confirmed he will join the MLS team New York City FC on a two-year contract.

Transfer news: Adem Ljajic wants to stay at Roma

Serbia international Adem Ljajic has reiterated his desire to stay at Roma and fight for a regular starting berth.

Ander Herrera feels Manchester United squad are following Eric Cantona

Ander Herrera believes Manchester United’s current players share the same passion and determination as Eric Cantona.

Mail Box

Pre-Season Obviously Isn't Meaningless

The debate over the importance of pre-season continues, including a league table from last season for stats fans. Plus travelling to watch your team and Blackpool...

Definitely Not Getting Giddy Over A Friendly Win

We have some conclusions from Louis van Gaal's perfect start, plus a dismissal of fantasy football, worries about La Liga's greediness and thoughts on Real with Ham-ez...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property