Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez buoyed after win at Man Utd
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez believes his side have closed in on Champions League qualification with their 1-0 win over Manchester United.
The victory puts Chelsea third in the Premier League and the Blues can all but secure a top-four place if they beat Tottenham at home on Wednesday.
"It [Tottenham] is another crucial game for us. If we can win we will be in the top four," said Benitez.
"The three points against Manchester United [are] massive for us."
Chelsea's win at champions United in their 65th game of the season came courtesy of a late Juan Mata strike being deflected in off defender Phil Jones.
It moved the Blues one point ahead of third-placed Arsenal, who have played a game more, and three points better off than fifth-placed Spurs.
A win over Tottenham would leave Andre Villas-Boas's men six points behind Chelsea, who have a superior goal difference, with two games to play.
"It wasn't an easy game [against United]," said Benitez. "The tempo was not too high.
"You can understand when they have already won the title it is easier for them to relax a little bit.
"But 65 games is not easy to keep playing at a high tempo all the time. I think we did well and won, which was the most important thing for us."
He added: "He [Mata] is a great player. He has the game intelligence, ability and quality to make a difference and he did that."
|The race for the Champions League|
|Tuesday 7 May: Man City v West Brom|
|Wednesday 8 May: Chelsea v Tottenham|
|Saturday 11 May: Aston Villa v Chelsea|
|Sunday 12 May: Stoke v Tottenham|
|Tuesday 14 May: Arsenal v Wigan; Reading v Man City|
|Sunday 19 May: Chelsea v Everton; Man City v Norwich; Newcastle v Arsenal; Tottenham v Sunderland|