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Benitez defiant as Chelsea humbled at West Ham

16:20 01 December 2012

Rafael Benitez. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA wire

Rafael Benitez. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA wire

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Rafa Benitez remains defiant in the face of continued criticism from fans in the stands and poor performances from his charges in the pitch but is not sure 100 per cent if he will last in the job until the end of the season.

Three games, no wins and just two points are his haul following his appointment to the hot seas at Stamford bridge, Leading 1-0 against West Ham and seemingly cruising to victory, his side capitulated in spectacular fashion, blown away by three second-half goal, one by ex-Blue Carlton Cole and a goal apiece from Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga.

“It was not easy to explain the defeat - it was a bit of everything,” said the Spaniard after the game.

“In the first half we could have scored two or three goals goals and finished it off - it would have been very different.

“Their first goal was a bit controversial.

“We can say we are unluckily to lose the first goal. We did not do well in the second half but you can say we were unlucky.

“It made a big difference, but we were not in control, they were pushing and we did not defend well. We lost the second ball and lost two more goals as a result.

“But we did not play well in the second half. We did not control the game as much as we did, and gave the ball away.

“ It’s easier to physically control the game if you’re two or three goals up. We did not do it and we suffered.

“We will try and do the right things, but it’s it not easy to improve when you have two games a week. You can only do light training before and after games.

But we were better in defence. We had lots of chances. But we need to improve in defence.

“But with the kind of players we have, we need to be in possession of the ball. But we have players who are injured who will come back and give us the character we need.”

When asked about the crowd booing him, he replied: “We know we have to win games to change things around.

“My concern is to analyse what goes on on the pitch and improve the team.

And start winning games will make it easier to turn things around - I don’t think about anything else.

“Chelsea are a top side but it will take time.”

When asked by London24 what he is doing with the side that Roberto Di Matteo wasn’t doing, the Spaniard replied: “I know what we are trying to do. I know what Robbie was doing but won’t talk about that here. We are working on defence and improve transitions (of play) and create chances.

“We had the right balance in the first half but not the second.

“I don’t think about other teams, (Manchester United could be 10 points clear of Chelsea by the end of the day). I just think about next game and the next one after that. I don’t look at the league table just look at next three games.

The fans will happy when the team wins.

Asked if players are worried by fans’ reaction, he said: “The players have to manage this.”

Only three players went to thank the fans after the game, Benitez went of the defensive: “They went off the pitch because they were disappointed at losing the game.

The players want to improve and win.

Asked if he might not last long as Chelsea manager, given the poor results and fans discontent?

He said: “If we improve on the pitch, it will be easier for everyone. I am not 100 per cent sure ( I will be here). We did not win today, that is the main thing.

“I am here because I wanted to be here. It’s a top side.

I am not worried about the past I am here to win game.

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