Rafa Benítez faced the media following his first win as Chelsea manager, an emphatic 6-1 victory. Our Editor Paul Wilkes was amongst the journalists in his after match press conference.
Q. You won so convincingly this evening, but your out the Champions League ?
A. The other game was out of our hands. So we couldn't do much. I say in the press conference before the game that we have to do our job. As a manager you have to be really pleased with the performance of the team. 32 attempts, 18 on target and 6 goals, a lot of clear chances. So you have to think about the positives, after this performance you have to be disappointed because you can't progress in the Champions League. People asking me if I will take seriously the Europa League, every competition is important to us and we will try to do our best and try to challenge and win it.
Q. Where do you think Fernando Torres got his confidence from there tonight and will he push on from this ?
A. I think that the team was playing well. I said before that if we play well, he will score goals. If we create chances, he will score goals. So we were talking yesterday - how ? I was watching him in training session and he was a little bit sharper and a bit more confident. You can see today he is fine and the rest of the team were helping. We were playing good football with intensity. Intensity until the end, when your winning 6-1, we were still attacking and creating chances, so that is a positive thing for the future.
Q. By tomorrow morning surely the disappointment of going out will out-weigh that of the performance ?
A. But can we change the result of the other game ? No. Can we change the situation ? No. So we have to think about what we can change. To improve and try a bit more and be ready for the next challenge.
Q. Do the players understand the significance of having won the Champions League last season and six months later they are out of the competition before the turn of the year ?
A. Yes, they know they had to win. For me the reflection that they knew, was the performance on the pitch. The were so good today, they say 'we have to do our job,' they take this possibility and they do really well. In this game you can go three weeks, two weeks or whatever and you can't change things. Now the only thing they could do is improve and prepare for this game properly and win.
Q. How important was it to get your first win as Chelsea manager ?
A. It's always important to win, but more than just to win is the way we want to play. Character, attitude, commitment, intensity, to play and create chances, everything you're looking for. I'm really pleased for them (players) and the club, the fans and me.
Q. You said yesterday that the players trust you, do you trust them to finish in the top four of the Premier League, to win the FIFA world club cup and the Europa League ?
A. I'm sure that playing at the level that we did today, we can do whatever we want. We have to start with the next game, my idea is always one game at a time. But I could see. If you remember the games that we have already played - four games. Just 45 minutes we could play at that level. City was a difficult game, we performed more or less against one of the best teams if not the best team in the Premier League, and against Fulham we could win because of a lot of chances too. 1st half against West Ham. So everything I have seen from the players is good, it is positive. They are progressing and they are improving. They are adjusting to my ideas and trying to change, so you have to be positive.
Q. Do you think the Europa League is worth winning, given what it can do to your league form ?
A. The Europa League is not important if you don't win. When you are in the semi-final or the final then everyone wants to win. We know that it's an important competition and we want to go as far as we can. If we can win the competition then we will try to do so.
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