Benitez targets Europa League glory after Champions League exit

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez has set his sights on Europa League glory - despite becoming the first Champions League holders to exit at the group stage.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

The Blues beat FC Nordsjaelland 6-1 at Stamford Bridge, but were knocked out as Juventus' victory at Shakhtar Donetsk condemned them to third place in Group E.

The Europa League now awaits the west Londoners, whose manager Benitez collected his first win since replacing Roberto di Matteo.

He said: "You ask me if I will take the Europa League seriously; every competition is important for us so we will try to do our best and win if we can.

"We know that it is an important competition and we want to go as far as we can and if we can win the competition, we will try to do that."