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Rafa Benitez found it hard to fault his Chelsea side after they moved third in the Premier League table with an 8-0 hammering of Aston Villa.

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The home side forced Villa keeper Brad Guzan into several fine saves and also missed a penalty as they came close to racking up double figures.

The recently-aired anti-Benitez chants were few and far between at Stamford Bridge by the end of a dream performance, and the Spaniard cut a happy figure afterwards.

He said: "Everything impressed me. We have been talking before about the mentality of the team; attacking, creating chances we had good movement, we were good in defence. As a team we had the balance we are looking for.

"We have played some good games and this is one of the games. In terms of scoring goals, in terms of balance yes."

David Luiz again impressed in midfield, capping a confident performance with a thumping free-kick.

Benitez said: "I have said before he can play well in midfield and at centre-half.

"He's good in the air, can use both feet, can score goals and he can tackle. He has a lot of attributes."

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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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