Chelsea will challenge for title: Rafael Benitez's farewell prediction

Benitez maintains he leaves Chelsea in a better state for his successor, likely to be Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, than when he took over from Roberto Di Matteo in November.

updated: May 20, 2013 08:30 IST
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London: Rafael Benitez insists he has left behind a Chelsea side capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season after ending his six-month reign with the 2-1 victory over Everton that secured a third-placed finish.

Benitez had also masterminded last week's Europa League final triumph over Benfica, but the interim manager's absence from the post-match celebrations following the final-day win at Stamford Bridge highlighted his troubled relationship with the club's supporters.

The Spaniard, though, is adamant he has succeeded in winning over many doubters among the Chelsea fans and in the dressing room during his spell at the club.

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