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Benitez claims Chelsea progress

4 April 2013 11:49

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez believes the side have improved under his guidance this season.

The 52-year-old was placed in charge of the west London outfit in November until the end of the season, replacing Roberto Di Matteo.

Since then the club have fallen 22 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United.

However, Chelsea still retain hopes of lifting some silverware this term, after progressing through to the FA Cup semi-finals and Europa League quarter-finals.

Benitez has drawn particular emphasis on the development of several players within the squad during that time.

"A lot of the players are growing and improving all the time," Benitez told reporters.

"Victor Moses, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ryan Bertrand and David Luiz, who was criticised at the beginning, have all improved.

"Juan Mata is scoring, Oscar is growing and even Fernando Torres was doing well at the beginning and getting goals, although he’s not scoring now.

"Another player who is improving a lot is Frank (Lampard). He was scoring at the start of the season but he’s scoring even more now."

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +51 77
2 35 +41 75
3 33 +54 71
4 34 +18 67
5 34 +21 66

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