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Leeds high on Benitez´s list

18 December 2012 18:06

Interim manager Rafael Benitez wants Chelsea to take every match seriously ahead of their Capital One Cup quarter-final meeting with Leeds United.

The Blues lost 1-0 to Corinthians in the Club World Cup final on Sunday but will be looking to bounce back when they travel to face the Championship outfit on Wednesday.

And Benitez underlined his desire to lead the west London side all the way to the final.

He told reporters: "For us every trophy is important and obviously we have an opportunity now if we win to be in the semi-finals, so we will try to do our best.

“We will try to win and after we are in the semi-final we will try to be in the final and try to win every trophy."

The Madrid-born boss also claimed that the foreign players in his squad are fully aware of the rivalry between Leeds and Chelsea.

He added: "I think so, but anyway we will talk to them and explain how important every game is, how important the competition is for us, and how important the game will be for all the fans of both clubs.

"I think it's a night for good players, good professionals and people ready to perform on the pitch and do things in the right way.

"I don't think we have to approach games thinking about it too much as a battle. I think we have to approach games like football, and then try to play good football and enjoy it."

Finally, the former Liverpool tactician downplayed talk of a rift between himself and Leeds manager Neil Warnock, adding: "Each one has his ideas about each one and I am a professional and I will try to do my job and I don't want to be involved in anything."

"I am professional, I don't have any problem. I think we will have a lot of people watching us, so we have to behave."

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