Rafael Benitez outlines credentials for Chelsea manager's job

Rafael Benitez used his Champions League record to talk up his case for becoming Chelsea manager.

Benitez led former club Liverpool to European glory in 2005 and they finished as runners-up two years later.

"What are they [Chelsea] looking for? Champions of Europe," said Benitez on Football Focus.

"So if they have someone that can guarantee that they will win a lot of games, especially in the Champions League, I think they will be happy."


  • Claudio Ranieri: Sept 2000 to May 2004
  • Jose Mourinho: June 2004 to Sep 2007
  • Avram Grant: Sept 2007 to May 2008
  • Luiz Felipe Scolari: July 2008 to Feb 2009
  • Guus Hiddink: Feb 2009 to May 2009
  • Carlo Ancelotti: June 2009 to May 2011
  • Andre Villas-Boas: June 2011 to Mar 2012

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is believed to be desperate for a Champions League title and Benitez is renowned for his success on the European stage, having also led Valencia to victory in the Uefa Cup in 2004.

And, despite Chelsea fans chanting for former boss Jose Mourinho and against the appointment of Benitez as a successor to the sacked Andre Villas-Boas , the Spaniard believes he can overcome any discontent from the Stamford Bridge club's supporters.

"When I went to Valencia they had been in the final of the Champions League and I was coming from a promotion with Tenerife," explained Benitez.

"The fans said 'it's a young coach' and they were not sure about me. After two league titles and the Uefa Cup they loved me.

"What the fans want to see is the team winning and I have done the same for years in different clubs so I have experience.

"I won the Champions League with an English club and we were in the final."

Benitez has been out of a job since parting company with Inter Milan in 2010 but he added: "A lot of people are talking about this [me being linked with Chelsea].

"I have said before many times that I would like to find a top side that can match my desire to win trophies so people were linking me with Chelsea and there were rumours about meetings.

"I didn't have a proper offer on the table. There is no rush as I have been waiting since I left Inter just analysing football and waiting for the right offer.

"My message is always the same. There is no rush and I wait for a good project."