Feb 14, 2013 at 6pm UK at ​Generali Arena
Sparta Prague
0-1
Chelsea
 
FT

Rafael Benitez: 'We need to be more clinical'

Benitez: 'We need to be more clinical'
© PA Photos
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez warns his team that they must be more clinical in front of goal after watching them scrape a win over Sparta Prague.

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has admitted that his side need to be more clinical in front of goal after watching them scrape a 1-0 victory at Sparta Prague in the Europa League.

The Blues take a one-goal lead into the second leg of the last-32 tie after Oscar came off the bench and found the net, but the Spaniard was not completely satisfied.

"Eighteen attempts away is not bad but we have to be more clinical in attack," Sky Sports News quotes him as saying. "The first 20 minutes we were in control. We had some half chances. We were in control.

"After this 20 minutes they were pushing and pushing. The team, as a team, had problems defending.

"We changed a little bit in the second half. I think the concentration of the team was much better, the intensity in defence was much better and then we had more control."

Benitez singled out under-fire striker Fernando Torres for praise, insisting that his work rate was impressive even though he failed to score.

"Fernando's work rate today was really good and thanks to him the rest of the team, especially the second line of offensive players, could create," he added.

"His job was push and run and keep their defenders deep so he could create space for the other players.

"Everybody expects from a striker just to score goals but he's doing also a great job for the team."

The return leg takes place at Stamford Bridge on February 21.

Chelsea's Marko Marin in action against Sparta Prague on February 14, 2013
Read Next:
Live Commentary: Sparta 0-1 Chelsea - as it happened
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
3Chelsea24155445162950
4Liverpool24138354292547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs24136547222545
6Arsenal24126645311442
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
8Burnley249781921-234
9Everton2477102639-1328
10Watford2475123344-1126
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468103042-1226
12Bournemouth2467112536-1125
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
18Southampton24410102435-1122
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2455141535-2020
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account