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14 May
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Posted by isport at 07:52

The manager of Chelsea, Rafa Benitez, has said that if his team manages to secure a top 4 finish by defeating Aston Villa in the upcoming match, it will boost the confidence of the team big time before the all important Europa League final which is going to be played at Amsterdam Arena on 15th of May. Chelsea’s opponent in that match will be Benfica.

Chelsea is currently at no. 3 in the Premier League points table with a couple of matches to go. The Blues have 69 points which is 3 more than the no. 5 Tottenham Hotspur. So, if they get three points from the match against Aston Villa, their top 4 finish will almost get secured because they are way ahead of the Spurs in goal difference.

Talking to the reporters ahead of the match against Aston Villa, Benitez said, “This is a crucial fixture for us. If we can get three points from this game, our top 4 finish would be certain and then, we will go into the Europa League final with much better frame of mind.”

When asked if the team is under pressure to win against Villa, Benitez said, “No, there is nothing like that. It’s not our last chance. If we don’t win here, we are going to get another chance. It’s not do or die game for us. So, I don’t think the guys are under that much pressure.”

Chelsea had the chance to secure their top 4 finish in their last match against Tottenham Hotspur as well. They were on course to do that. They managed to get ahead twice, but, both times, they lost their lead and the match eventually ended in a draw.

Chelsea’s match against Aston Villa will be played at Villa Park tomorrow.