Rafael Benitez: "We are having a great season"

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez prior to kick-off in the FA Cup fourth round tie against Brentford on January 27, 2013
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Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez believes that his side are having a "great season" after knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup.

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has declared that his side are enjoying a great season following their FA Cup success over Manchester United.

Demba Ba's volley ensured that the Blues kept their hopes of a cup double alive yesterday with a 1-0 win over United at Stamford Bridge.

With the FA Cup, Europa League and a top-four finish in the Premier League still to play for, Benitez believes that Chelsea are still capable of making it a campaign to remember on three fronts.

He told The Mirror: "We are having a great season. We're in the top four with a game in hand. We're in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and the quarter finals of the Europa League. It's a great season. It could be even better.

"My priority is the top four and trying to win the next game, in the Europa League. This win was very important for everyone here.

"The priority for us is to finish in the top four, we know that, but at a top side you have to win every competition."

Chelsea continue a run of four games in eight days on Thursday with the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie against Rubin Kazan.

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez smiles prior to kick-off against Sparta Prague on February 21, 2013
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