Featured Matches
Previous
AEL
Tottenham Hotspur
1
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
KSC Lokeren
Hull City
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Real Sociedad
Krasnodar
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Lyon
FK Astra Giurgiu
1
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
PSV Eindhoven
Shakhter Soligorsk
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Astana 1964
Villarreal
0
3
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Sarajevo
Borussia Monchengladbach
2
3
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Astana 1964
Villarreal
0
3
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Aktobe Lento
Legia Warsaw
0
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dinamo Moscow
Omonia Nicosia
2
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Ruch Chorzow
Metalist Kharkiv
0
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
HJK Helsinki
Rapid Vienna
2
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Qarabag
Twente Enschede
0
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
AEL
Tottenham Hotspur
1
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
PSV Eindhoven
Shakhter Soligorsk
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Karabükspor
St Etienne
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Elfsborg
Rio Ave
2
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dinamo Minsk
CD Nacional de Madeira
2
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Petrolul Ploiesti
Dinamo Zagreb
1
3
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
BSC Young Boys
Debrecen
3
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Apollon Limassol
Lokomotiv Moscow
1
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
FC Zorya Luhansk
Feyenoord Rotterdam
1
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Trabzonspor
Rostov
2
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Panathinaikos
FC Midtjylland
4
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
PEC Zwolle
Sparta Prague
1
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Zimbru Chisinau
PAOK Salonika
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
FC Spartak Trnava
FC Zürich
1
3
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Partizan Belgrade
Neftchi Baku PFC
3
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Grasshoppers Zürich
Club Brugge
1
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Asteras Tripolis
Maccabi Tel-Aviv
2
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Real Sociedad
Krasnodar
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
RNK Split
Torino
0
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Lyon
FK Astra Giurgiu
1
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
KSC Lokeren
Hull City
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Sarajevo
Borussia Monchengladbach
2
3
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Rijeka
Sheriff Tiraspol
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Sassuolo
Cittadella
4
1
FT
Game Details
Real Espana
Municipal
1
1
FT
Game Details
Belmopan Bandits
Metapan
4
0
FT
Game Details
Inti Gas Deportes
Caracas F.C.
0
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Deportivo Capiatá
Danubio F.C.
3
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Barcelona
Alianza Lima
3
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Trujillanos
Independiente del Valle
0
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Millonarios
César Vallejo
1
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Universidad Católica
River Plate
0
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Corinthians
Goiás EC
5
2
FT
Game Details
Cruzeiro
Gremio
1
0
ESPN3 FT
Game Details
Next

Barca hampered by archaic FIFA

Barcelona 20 hours ago
Read
Bayern MunichBayern Munich
VfL WolfsburgVfL Wolfsburg
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Apr 14, 2013

Benitez: I've made Blues better

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has lauded the improvements made by his squad since his arrival at Stamford Bridge.

• Blog: Chelsea will be happy to face Tottenham's conquerors

And the Spaniard is confident that the club, with a successful spell in the next transfer window, will again be pressing for honours in the Premier League.

Benitez, who will step away from the Chelsea hot-seat at the end of the season, takes his charges on Sunday to Wembley to face Manchester City in the second semi-final of the FA Cup.

The Blues will then face Basle in the Europa League semi-finals later this month.

And Benitez believes those campaigns will benefit the players, the club and the coach set to replace him for next season.

"I'm sure I will leave some good players with more experience, " he said. "I cannot take credit for signing these players because they were already here, some of them very good players, but some of them are young and they'll be much better at the end of the season.

"The balance of the team is better now. The players are quite happy, quite pleased with the way we train and the things we do and they are learning every day.

"I'm sure next year these players will be much better. They'll have more experience, will have settled down in England. They've been growing, improving and learning. Next year, add two or three players, the team will be better.

"It's a very good team but experience has cost us points in some games and maybe some trophies. If you sign two or three, they can challenge.

"This team finished sixth last year, 20 points or whatever behind two teams. This year they will finish behind United, maybe far away, but closer to City. Next year, bring some new players in, they'll be closer."

But the 52-year-old is not blowing his own horn about his ability to have such a quick impact on the players, believing the time of managers staying at one club, such as Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson, for long periods of time is coming to an end.

"Football has changed. In other countries, maybe it's more normal to have managers for a short time, " Benitez said.

"In England people talk about doing your job for three years and a work in progress. But it's not the case now. Look at the number of managers fired in England'

"(Ferguson's reign is) something we won't see any more, especially in England. I don't think you'll see that again.

"Everything is going faster in life. If I say something now, someone will tweet it and it'll be already out. We don't try to analyse the big picture.

"We went to Moscow, came back at 3.30am, gave a press conference. Before you had rest. There's more pressure now, more anxiety, it's more demanding."

Benitez's arrival was an unpopular addition to the club for many of the Stamford Bridge faithful, continually letting him know he was neither needed nor wanted.

But he has refused to let the constant criticism from the stands waver him from his objectives, preferring to focus on Chelsea before heading home to family life at the end of the day.

"The way I cope with the pressure is trying to focus on the next challenge," he said. "I enjoy trying to do my best every time. You can win a game 5-0 but you're still not happy because you want something more. That's my nature.

"At the Real Madrid academy, finishing second was a disaster. If you have too much pressure, you go with your friends and family and relax a bit."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.