Departing Rafael Benítez predicts bright future for Chelsea

Rafael Benítez believes Chelsea have a bright future ahead of them after the interim boss guided the Blues to a third-place finish

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Rafael Benítez's side finished third in the Premier League Photo: The Sport Review

Rafael Benítez believes Chelsea have a bright future ahead of them after the interim boss guided the Blues to a third-place finish with victory over Everton in his final game in charge.

Goals from Juan Mata and Fernando Torres wrapped up a 2-1 win for the west Londoners and secured a direct route into next season’s Champions League group stage.

Benítez’s appointment as Roberto Di Matteo’s temporary successor last November was met by anger from sections of Blues fans but the Spaniard was pleased with his Stamford Bridge send-off – and backed Chelsea to challenge for the title next season.

“The majority of them [the fans] were very positive in the end, which was good,” said Benítez. “We tried to do our best until the end.

“It’s been a great experience. We took a team that was in transition with young players and we have left a good team with more experience, good character and more balance, so it will be good for the next manager as he will have a good team.

“I think the owner will bring more players, so this team will be challenging for the title next year.”

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