Chelsea seek salvation in Europa final
15 May 2013, 14:01
London - 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 and final chance for silverware from a turbulent and grueling campaign.
Chelsea have turned their season around after a turbulent end to 2012, when they became the first reigning champions 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.
Rafa Benitez came in as a controversial interim replacement and 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 in Chelsea's 68th game of the season.
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