Feb 24, 2013 at 1.30pm UK at ​Etihad Stadium
Man CityManchester City
2-0
Chelsea
Touré (63'), Tevez (85')
Rodwell (29'), Touré (40'), Zabaleta (43')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Ramires (37')

Rafael Benitez not giving up on second place

Benitez not giving up on second place
© PA Photos
Interim manager Rafael Benitez insists that his Chelsea team will continue to battle for second spot.

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has refused to rule out his side's chances of finishing second in the Premier League.

Victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium earlier today would have brought the Blues to within one point of their hosts, who currently occupy the runners-up spot.

However, City ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez, which in turn put them seven points clear of Chelsea.

Despite the deficit, Benitez has insisted that his side will not "give up" their pursuit of the champions.

"When you lose you have to be disappointed and this game was important for us because we could have been closer to Man City but we cannot give up, we have to carry on, try to win our games and get close," he told the club's official website.

"We have to fight for the top four because Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton are close behind."

Next up for Chelsea is a home match against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on the touchline during the FA Cup fourth round match against Stoke on January 26, 2013
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
3Chelsea24155445162950
4Liverpool23138254282647
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 CitySwansea2345141435-2117
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