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Benitez unfazed by talk as chelsea linked with Moyes
Rafa Benitez at Stamford Bridge against Wigan on Saturday. Pic: Reuters

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez dismissed speculation over his future after the spluttering Blues managed to get back on track in the English Premier League with a 4-1 victory over Wigan.

As London's Daily Telegraph reports that Chelsea have targeted out-of-contract Everton boss David Moyes to take the reins next season, Benitez has struggled to win over Chelsea supporters after his previous spell with rivals Liverpool and the team's recent run of poor results.

The Spaniard woke on Saturday to headlines claiming anything but a win over Wigan would see demanding Blues owner Roman Abramovich wielding the axe for the second time this season following the dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo.

But a 4-1 victory over struggling Wigan at Stamford Bridge consolidated Chelsea's third place in the League and eased the pressure on Benitez for now at least.

"There is a lot of talk and speculation. Nobody is talking to the owner. It is just speculation. It is my job to try and win every game," Benitez said.

"When you have experience of winning things, you know sometimes it can be difficult.

"Top sides, if you want to win something, you have to be consistent. That is normal. It is not the end of the world if you throw a game that you deserve to win.

"The problem for me is if we don't create chances or score goals - but we do every game. We are making some mistakes but we are having a lot of positives."

Chelsea are still in a strong position to secure a Champions League spot despite their recent struggles and Benitez believes that is down to his work with the players.

"We have been working in training and what we have to do. Our position and shape of the team was good," Benitez said.

"The important thing now is we have the possibility of using different players.

"We haven't been able to do that. We will score more goals. We have John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses arriving back from the Africa Cup of Nations so we will have two more options."

Anything less than a top-four finish would surely leave Chelsea looking for yet another manager with Benitez knowing his job is an interim role and could come to a bitter end.

Meanwhile, Wigan, who remain in the bottom three, face a battle to preserve their Premier League status for another year.

The West Australian

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