Benitez confident Chelsea will qualify for Champions League

Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez believes Chelsea have little to fear from their remaining Premier League fixtures and is confident his side can qualify for next season’s Champions League, Sky Sports has reported.

Chelsea returned to third place in the table on Sunday after beating Sunderland 2-1, moving above Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference after Andre Villas-Boas’ side were held to a 2-2 draw by Everton at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham have still got to travel the short distance to Stamford Bridge this season – the match was originally set for this weekend but Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final match with Manchester City has caused the London derby to be postponed – and Benitez feels Chelsea can maintain their recent good results, no matter the opposition.

We knew that we had to win and especially because they (Tottenham and Arsenal) will continue winning,” Benitez said, adding: “The main thing for me is the big picture, so keep calm. We have a good team, if we perform at our level we can win against anyone.

You have some bad games and good games but it will be the same for them. We have to carry on. We have one game in hand on Tottenham so if we can do well, especially against them, maybe it’s a game that can mean six points.

Chelsea have travelled to Moscow ahead of their second-leg meeting with Russian side Rubin Kazan in the Europa League, taking a 3-1 lead from the first-leg with them. Benitez warned his side against complacency against Rubin, emphasising the need for Chelsea to score an away goal and settle the tie early.

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