Rafael Benitez insisted he does not need another ‘miracle’ to rescue Chelsea from Champions League humiliation. Rafael Benitez remains confident Chelsea can continue their Champions League title defence beyond the group stages (Picture: AP) Benitez famously masterminded ‘The Miracle of Istanbul’ in 2005 when Liverpool produced one of the greatest comebacks in European Cup final history to beat AC Milan. Tomorrow night a place in the last 16 is at stake but in order to progress, reigning champions Chelsea need to beat Nordsjaelland and hope Shakhtar Donetsk produce the same result against visitors Juventus. And while interim manager Benitez acknowledged the Blues might need ‘a bit of luck’, the 52-year-old added: ‘I don’t think it’s a miracle. ‘We have to do our job and wait for the other teams.’ Benitez reiterated he had no fears of a Shakhtar stitch-up, despite a draw suiting both the Ukrainians and Juve. The Spaniard has failed to win any of his three matches since taking over, with his appointment sparking a huge supporter revolt. After defeat at West Ham, Benitez admitted that he was ‘not 100 per cent sure’ his job was secure. But yesterday he cut a more relaxed figure and insisted owner Roman Abramovich had assured him reports he was set to parachute in Avram Grant to assist him were incorrect. ‘All the information I have is he’s not coming,’ added Benitez. Tomorrow’s clash comes too soon for John Terry (knee), Frank Lampard (calf) and Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) but Benitez can call upon defender David Luiz, who returns from suspension.
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