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Benitez pleased with Lampard impact

28 April 2013 19:33

Rafael Benitez has paid tribute to Frank Lampard after the midfielder came off the bench to score in Chelsea's 2-0 win over Swansea City.

Lampard's penalty, given after Juan Mata was fouled by Leon Britton, helped the London club secure a crucial three points in the chase for a top-four finish.

And Benitez has hailed the impact of the England international following his introduction in place of the injured Ramires.

"Frank was important for us," Benitez said after the match.

"He's a good player with quality and he had a big influence today. He's a great professional."

Speaking about the decision to rest Branislav Ivanovic and recall John Terry and Gary Cahill in defence, Benitez added: "We have to keep doing our job, try to win our games and manage the squad.

"The 11 players that started the game were the best option for us. I felt we had the balance we needed.

"Finishing in the top three has always been possible, now we must carry on until the end of the season."

Benitez also predicted that Ramires will recover from a dead leg in time to face Basel in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
28 April 2013
Game week
35
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
Venue
Stamford Bridge (London)
Attendance
41780

Goals

Oscar 44'
(assist by F. Lampard) 
1 - 0
F. Lampard (PG) 45'+2  
2 - 0

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28 55'
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11 44'
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Coach: Rafael Benítez

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