Benitez: Chelsea are doing well

22 December 2012 03:26:58 EST

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez believes that he is starting to win the doubters over as he prepares his side to take on Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Blues romped to a 5-1 Capital One Cup quarter-final win at Leeds United in midweek, with Benitez confident that he is starting to get his ideas across to his players.

All I can do is try to win games.

Rafa Benitez

He told reporters: "I think the fans appreciate that the team is trying to play good football and that we trying to play with intensity.

"At the end of the day you have to trust the manager for what you can see on the pitch, because the players more or less have appreciation for the manager.

"We are doing well and hopefully we can be consistent and it will be easier. All I can do is try to win games."

The Blues are 1/3 to defeat Villa and 6/1 to win by a 2-0 margin, while Benitez's side are 1/1 to keep a clean sheet against the Midlanders, who won 3-1 at Liverpool last time out.

Chelsea will have to take on Villa without injured skipper John Terry, who may miss the whole of the festive programme as he continues to struggle with a knee problem.

Benitez added: "It's one step forward and one step back. Hopefully he will be fine in the next week.

"At least he's now on the pitch and that's positive news, even though we cannot predict how long it will take."

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