Rafael Benitez proud after Chelsea win Europa League final
Chelsea claimed a European trophy for the second consecutive season on Thursday night, with the Blues beating Benfica 2-1 at the Amsterdam Arena.
May 16th, 2013
After a subdued first-half performance, Rafael Benitez’s team came to life after the interval, with Fernando Torres racing through to break the deadlock. Oscar Cardozo’s penalty levelled the scoreline before Branislav Ivanovic scored a late winner thanks to a powerful header.
It means that Benitez’s short stint as Chelsea manager must be considered a success, especially as the Spaniard steered the club to a top-four position in the Premier League. After the match, he expressed his pride for the squad who have successfully dealt with a hectic fixture schedule.
“It was a special night for everyone involved,” Benítez said. “I’m proud for all of them. I could see everyone was happy, so I was happy too. This was a reward for how hard we’ve been working all season.
“But I think it’s sad to think we are now ‘a success’ when we have been doing our jobs for six or seven months. It would have changed nothing if we’d won or lost this final in terms of what we have been trying to do. The job we did was hard work on the training ground, doing our jobs as professionals and, in the end, we have a trophy”.