Chelsea seeks salvation in Europa League final
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -After humiliation in the Champions League comes potential salvation in the Europa League for Chelsea, with Wednesday's final against Benfica offering the English team an eighth chance for silverware from a turbulent campaign.
Chelsea has turned its season around after a horrible end to 2012, when it became the first reigning champion to exit the Champions League at the group stage, Roberto Di Matteo was fired as manager and the team lost the final of the Club World Cup to Corinthians.
Interim coach Rafa Benitez was tasked with qualifying the team for next season's Champions League and winning a trophy. With the first objective virtually guaranteed, the second will be decided in Amsterdam.
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic says "we have to do everything to finish the job off.''