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Rafa: No more Chelsea slip-ups

Rafael Benitez admits Chelsea cannot afford another slack defensive display against London rivals Arsenal on Sunday.

Last Updated: 19/01/13 at 14:16 Post Comment

Rafael Benitez: Wants a disciplined defensive display

Rafael Benitez: Wants a disciplined defensive display

The Blues have been hampered by inconsistent home form and they were held to a 2-2 draw by Southampton in midweek after surrendering a two-goal lead at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal make the short trip to west London with Chelsea in need of a win to cement their place in the top four and Benitez has urged his players not to let a lead slip away again.

"The team are scoring a lot of goals, as we expect them to, but we have to manage this advantage in a better way," the interim boss said.

"We have to be more clinical.

"We have to defend as a unit, as a team, be more compact and not give them any hope they can score."

Benitez believes a clash against close rivals Arsenal will provoke a response from his team and he hopes they can extend the eight-point lead over their neighbours.

"It's always important when you have a draw at home to have a big challenge ahead of you," he said.

"To have Arsenal is a very good thing for me and the players. They are a rival who are close to us. We have to use that as a positive.

"They are close (in the league) and if we win there'll be a big difference."

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