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Benitez focuses on positives following Chelsea's Champions League elimination

Despite the Blues becoming the first holders to not reach the knockout stage, the interim boss was delighted with the convincing manner by which his team beat Nordsjaelland

Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez spoke of his happiness with the Blues' 6-1 victory over Nordsjaelland, despite the Champions League holder failing to progress to the round-of-16.

With the club relying on Shakhtar Donetsk to prevent Juventus from winning in the other Group E game, the Blues thrashed their Danish opponents in vain as an Oleksandr Kucher own goal ten minutes into the second half sent the Serie A side through as group winner.

But Benitez was keen to look at the positives, highlighting Chelsea's attacking prowess, while looking ahead to the club's Europa League campaign in the New Year.

"I think always when you win it is a positive. When it is at home it is even better," the Spaniard told Sky Sports. "The way we won, we had 32 attempts and 18 on target, is really good. When you win you have to be happy but at same time we are disappointed as we didn't progress. At least we showed the level and quality we asked for.

"We now have to think about Sunderland (on Saturday) and the Europa League. But the game was so good today and we can see a lot of positives for the future. We pressed well, we created chances and scored a lot of goals."

Fernando Torres notched two goals during the game, and came close to completing his hat trick, and Benitez is adamant the much-maligned striker can keep on progressing if his teammates continue to forge open opportunities.

He added: "If you ask about Fernando also he scored goals. He has to score. He was playing well and the team was helping him. If we create chances he will score goals."

 

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