Get City! Benitez urges Chelsea to reel in champions for second spot and forget about Tottenham and Arsenal
13:00 GMT, 28 March 2013
13:50 GMT, 28 March 2013
Rafa Benitez insists Chelsea won't be looking over their shoulders and instead believes Manchester City can be caught in the final games of the season.
The Blues are four points adrift of City ahead of their trip to Southampton on Saturday.
Southampton meanwhile are engrossed in their survival battle. four points above the drop, with just nine games of the season remaining.
Strike: Fernando Torres and Demba Ba train ahead of Chelsea's Easter Saturday clash against Southampton
'I would like to see us reduce the
gap,' said Benitez. 'They (City) will be concerned like we are with
Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton.
main things are that you are a team. We are playing very good football,
so if you keep the momentum going I won't be worried about the other
teams but watching Manchester City.'
The Chelsea manager confirmed that captain John Terry would be available for selection this weekend.
Case for the defence: John Terry, seen here with David Luiz, has impressed manager Rafa Benitez
'He has been training and doing well.
I am very pleased with him,' Benitez added. 'He is training every day
and improving his fitness.
'But we’ve got nine games in four days, he can’t play every game. That goes for all the players.'
Fernando Torres was among the Chelsea players left behind in international week after he missed out on selection to the Spain squad for their qualifiers against Finland and France.
'He has been training harder,' said Benitez. 'Spain has a lot of good players so it’s normal he can be left out of the list.
'He has been working very hard. Not just Fernando, but all the players want to prove themselves. Strikers want to score goals, but for me it is also what he does for the team.'