The Blues' push for second place took a serious blow in their 2-0 defeat to Manchester City but the Spanish manager insists that his side will fight until the end of the season
The Spaniard had hoped to push Manchester City for second place but the Blues now find themselves looking over their shoulders after they were beaten 2-0 by Roberto Mancini's team on Sunday.
Tottenham could leapfrog Chelsea into third by beating West Ham on Monday night and Arsenal trail Benitez's team by only two points.
|1/5||Chelsea are 1/5 with Bet365 to finish in the Premier League top four
Goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez sealed Chelsea's defeat after Joe Hart saved a Frank Lampard penalty, denying the midfielder his 200th goal for the Stamford Bridge club.
Benitez admitted that the 50th-minute spot kick was a turning point despite his team's unspectacular performance until that point.
"The penalty is a crucial moment; we did not do as well as we were expecting but the penalty could have changed everything," he reflected.
It was a good penalty and a good save. 10 minutes later, they score. Then we have to take a risk and it is clear they are a good team."