Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has warned his side that they are not yet through to the Europa League final, despite taking a 2-1 win away from Basel in the semi-final first-leg, BBC
A close-range Victor Moses header put Chelsea in front in the first-half before the Premier League side were pegged back by a Fabian Schlar penalty. A David Luiz free-kick in the final seconds of injury time put Chelsea back in front but Benitez is keen to prevent his players resting on their slender advantage when the sides meet again at Stamford Bridge next week.
“We must concentrate and have no over-confidence for the next game,” Benitez said. “They can score goals at home and away. If we play well we can beat anyone so we have to do it.”
The Spaniard pointed to the case of Chelsea’s near neighbours Tottenham Hotspur, who were knocked out of the competition by Basel in the previous round. Both games finished 2-2 with Basel progressing on penalties, having held a two-goal lead at White Hart Lane. “We have the experience of Tottenham so we know that this team is a very good team,” Benitez added.
Chelsea will host Basel without the services of experienced left-back Ashley Cole, who is suspended after he was booked for time-wasting. Benitez – who felt the yellow card was harsh – has no qualms about playing Ryan Bertrand instead.
“I was surprised with the yellow card, it was too quick but Ryan is doing well anyway,” Benitez noted.
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