Posted: Friday December 28, 2012 4:34 AM

Benitez putting his stamp on improving Chelsea

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LONDON (AP) -Some astute tactical tinkering and the return to form of key players has put Chelsea back in the Premier League title picture and helped interim manager Rafa Benitez in his quest to gain acceptance among the club's disgruntled fans.

After a stodgy start to Benitez's reign, Chelsea has won its last three league games to close within four points of second-place Manchester City, still with a game in hand.

Benitez is slowly putting his stamp on the team, with the decision to bring in Victor Moses as a hard-working right winger and move David Luiz from central defense to central midfield proving a roaring success.

Seeing Fernando Torres and Juan Mata looking sharp in front of goal will also please Benitez ahead of Sunday's match at Everton.

 
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