The Straits Times
Published on Nov 23, 2012

Chelsea challenge too great to turn down: Benitez


LONDON (REUTERS) - Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez said the challenge of trying to win five trophies this season was too great an opportunity to turn down as he returned to the Premier League on Thursday.

The 52-year-old Spaniard, who left Liverpool at the end of the 2009 to 2010 season and has replaced Roberto Di Matteo at Stamford Bridge, told a packed news conference he was unconcerned about any notion of a short-team deal at the west London club.

"I don't care about the short term, we have five trophies to fight for," Benitez said after being photographed on the podium with Chelsea's blue shirt, a slightly surreal sight as he was so associated with Liverpool's red one in England.

"The only thing that matters is that you win matches and then you can win trophies and then we will see what happens. In football, and in life, you never know what may happen."