Benitez sees Chelsea improvement

Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez believes his side are going from strength to strength after recording a 5-1 hammering of Leeds United in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, the BBC has reported.

Chelsea struggled for goals early in Benitez’s reign, scoring only once in the Spaniard’s first three games in charge and failing to manage a victory, drawing 0-0 with both Manchester City and Fulham and losing 3-1 to West Ham United.

Since defeat to the Hammers, however, Chelsea have put six goals past Nordsjaelland, three past Sunderland and Monterrey and now five past Leeds, with the only black mark coming in defeat to Corinthians in the Club World Cup final.

Leeds held a one-goal advantage at half-time at Elland Road on Wednesday but Chelsea hit back after the breaking, racking up five goals without reply to book their place in the semi-final of the competition, where they will play fellow Premier League side Swansea City.

Luciano Becchio gave the Championship outfit the lead but Juan Mata, Branislav Ivanovic, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres all netted to hand Chelsea a convincing win.

Post-match, Benitez said: “I thought the performance was fantastic, not just the second half but the first half as well. You can see that in every game the team is a little bit stronger.

At half-time I told the players to keep doing the same things – keep the ball, play a high tempo, press and when we are in possession pass the ball as quickly as possible.

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