THERE may be great turbulence off the pitch, but Rafael Benitez says he is confident Chelsea are still on course to salvage something from the season.
He also says is the right man to lead them for now, even though he stated this week that he will not be carrying on at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of the season.
With only Yossi Benayoun (ankle) and Oriol Romeu (knee) unavailable for selection tomorrow against West Brom, the interim Blues boss is confident he has a strong hand to deal this week on the back of their FA Cup win at Middlesbrough in midweek.
“I'm really pleased with the reaction of the players, in terms of training sessions and the performance of the players against Middlesbrough,” Benitez said.
“I feel we can still finish in the top three, top two. That is my feeling.
“Realistically, second is not easy because Manchester City is a good team, with good players, and they keep winning games, but you never know in football. We still have good chances.”
The Spaniard added: “In my head, I am the manager and it doesn't matter the title [of interim manager]. I have confidence that what I am doing is right and I will try to do my best until the last minute – don't be worried about that.
“What I want to do is the best for the team, the best for the club. I have been for 26 years training, coaching and always I have had principles, respect and education, it is the way I have achieved what I have achieved.”