Chelsea deserve place says Benitez

Rafa Benitez, ChelseaRafa Benitez believes Chelsea deserve their place in the Europa League final after overcoming Basel in their semi-final second leg.

Having experienced one or two hairy moments along the way, the west Londoners will face Benfica in Amsterdam on May 15 after navigating their way to the final.

Mohamed Salah, the scourge of Tottenham at the quarter-final stage, put the Swiss side ahead in the semi-final second leg, only for a flurry of goals in a nine-minute period secured Chelsea’s progress.

Fernando Torres and Victor Moses netted in quick succession, before David Luiz curled home an exquisite third to set up a final with the Brazilian’s former club, with the semi-final ending 3-1 on the night and 5-2 on aggregate.

“I am really pleased to be there,” Benitez said of the final. “I think we have worked so hard during the year to be in finals and semi-finals, and now we’re in another final.

“I think the players deserve to be there. I’m really pleased for the players and everybody here. It’s an opportunity for the club.”

He added: “It will be tough because Benfica are a very, very dangerous team and hard to play against, but at least we are there.

“With the commitment and the quality, we’ll have a chance for sure.”

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