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Benitez praises Cahill-Ivanovic partnership

30 December 2012 11:40

Rafa Benitez says Chelsea defenders Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic are developing a 'much better' understanding at centre-back.

Despite only conceding 17 Premier League goals this season, the Blues have had their fair share of defensive woes with captain John Terry out with a knee injury and David Luiz struggling for form.

However, with the Brazilian being moved into a defensive midfield position and the Serbia and England internationals forming a strong bond, the Stamford Bridge interim manager thinks the hard work in training is paying off.

"Cahill and Ivanovic are good players and the understanding between them is much better now. We are adjusting and with good ­players, this is always easier," he told The Mirror.

"Since I arrived, we have been ­working with different defenders. The team is strong in defence and we have the balance ­because we can still attack.

"It is a ­question of spending hours on the pitch and on the training ground. You can see the difference (with Ivanovic and Cahill)."

The duo will have a stern test against sixth-placed Everton on Sunday afternoon, as the Toffees can rise above Chelsea into third place with a win at Goodison Park, pushing Chelsea out of the top four in the process.

The Champions League holders were knocked out of Europe in the group stages this season, and are currently 14 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United, albeit with two games in hand.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
30 December 2012
Game week
20
Kick-off
14:30
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
1 - 2
Venue
Goodison Park (Liverpool)
Attendance
39485

Goals

1 - 0
1 - 1
42' F. Lampard
 (assist by Ramires)
1 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
3 86'
24 48'
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4 70'
28
8 42' 72'
7
17
9
10
Coach: Rafael Benítez

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
27
20
8
1
19
34
40
# Player Bookings
22
13
11
19
21
35
57

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
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