Departing Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez believes that whoever replaces him in the Stamford Bridge dugout should be looking to win the Premier League title next season with the squad he is leaving behind, according to the
Benitez replaced Roberto Di Matteo in November and guided the Blues to third place in the table, the FA Cup semi-final, the League Cup semi-final and victory in the Europa League, and he said following his final match in charge – a 2-1 victory over Everton – that he feels he has left the team in a better state than which he found it.
“You take a team in transition, with young players, and now we have left a good team with more experience, more character, scoring goals and more balance. I think it will be good for the next manager, who will have a very good team, and the owner will bring in more players.” Benitez said.
“This team will challenge for the title next year. Roman Abramovich has been key for the success and future of the club, improving the competition and bringing in players,” the former Liverpool manager continued, adding that he is sad to leave the players but that he does not feel he had anything to prove during his six-month stay in west London.
The newspaper adds that Benitez has been linked to a potential posting at French champions Paris Saint-Germain, while speculation has also seen the Spaniard mentioned in connection with the vacancy at Everton, but Benitez downplayed the chances of him moving to Goodison Park.
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