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Benitez coy on title chances

Rafa Benitez will reserve judgement on Chelsea's title chances until the Christmas programme is out of the way.

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Rafa Benitez: Recovered from poor start to life as Chelsea boss

Rafa Benitez: Recovered from poor start to life as Chelsea boss

Sunday's 8-0 trouncing of Aston Villa took Chelsea into third with a game n hand on the two Manchester clubs.

And while there is still an 11-point gap to leaders United, the manner of victory suggested Benitez's side could yet have a part to play in the title race.

Next up are back-to-back away games at Norwich and Everton and - on 2 January - a home derby with QPR.

Benitez said: "We will see after two or three more games. You could see the team had confidence in themselves, they believed, and that was there to the end.

"They had good movements, created chances. Now we have to sustain this run and it will be easier for me to say we can compete."

Benitez has recovered from a poor start - two goalless draws and a defeat in his first three games - to oversee an upturn in performances and results, and the Spaniard is grateful to his players for welcoming his arrival with a more open mind than some Chelsea supporters.

He said: "The players were really focused from day one. They knew they had a new manager and they had to perform. The players, from day one, were trying to learn, to improve."

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may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

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ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

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