Rafa writes off title hopes

Rafa Benitez has written off Chelsea's chances of challenging for this season's Premier League title.

Last Updated: 20/01/13 at 13:14 Post Comment

Rafa Benitez: Calling for consistency

Rafa Benitez: Calling for consistency

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The interim boss made the trophy a target when he replaced Roberto Di Matteo in November, but the midweek draw with Southampton left his side 13 points behind leaders Manchester United.

"In terms of the league, I don't think we can do it," Benitez said ahead of the first of Sunday's two Sky Live games with kick-off at 1:30pm.

"But the Capital One Cup is there, the FA Cup is still open and the Europa League is still open.

"I just have to give the team the confidence that we can win against anyone. If you have that belief it becomes easier.

"The team is very close. We have John Terry and Frank Lampard back from injury. Now we have to be more consistent."

Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge and Benitez's men will be looking to end their poor home form - having won only one of their seven previous Premier League games at the Bridge.

Arsene Wenger's side have won away at Chelsea more often than any other league club, and Wenger stated earlier this week he was expecting a thrilling showdown.

Not immune to criticism himself, Wenger also commented on Benitez's reproach from Blues fans. He said: "I feel sympathy for every manager until the day I play against him.

"Then the sympathy goes and comes back after the game - not always straight after the game, sometimes it is some time later. We are all in the same position.

"We know we are in a fragile job and that the confidence is very important but it is a job where you have to take care of your own team."

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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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