Benitez expects Chelsea to get helping hand from Shakhtar Donetsk

The Spaniard has urged the Ukrainian side to "show their level" in their upcoming Champions League clash with Juventus, a game which has huge implications for the Blues
Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez has challenged Shakhtar Donetsk to prove their quality in Wednesday's Champions League clash with Juventus, a game which could make or break the Blues' chances in the competition.

The west London club must beat Nordsjaelland and hope the Italian champions lose in order to seal a place in the knockout stages of Europe's premier competition.

But, despite Mircea Lucescu's side having already sealed their place in the last 16, Benitez feels Shakhtar will still have a point to prove in their final group game.

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He told Sky Sports: "We know that a draw would be bad for us but the positive thing is that Shakhtar has a lot of good players and everybody is talking about them, so they have to show the rest of the world that they are really good players.

"When you know the top sides in Europe or in the world are watching you then you have to perform. Obviously, Juve will go for the win but Shakhtar will need to show this level that they have.

"They might finish second and have to play against one of the top sides in Europe and it will be more difficult, so I think they will try to win."