Jan 17 2013 By Yann Tear
CHELSEA'S interim boss is refusing to look beyond Sunday's visit of Arsenal and will not say whether his team are still in the title hunt.
The Blues missed the chance to close the gap on the Manchester clubs as they surrendered a two goal lead against Southampton on Wednesday night and any thoughts of a challenge appear forlorn.
But Rafa Benitez will not say one way or the other.
“My idea is always to think about the next game,” he said. “I said before the other day in the press conference I don't watch the table every day. It's just to be sure we can get three points in the next game. The ambition is to get three points in the next game against Arsenal.”
Benitez conceded his team need to be more clinical after letting their lead slip against the Saints in a 2-2 draw which means they are still looking for a win on home soil in 2013.
“First half I thought it could be easier because it was 2-0 and then at the start of the second half, we didn't manage the game,” Benitez said. “We didn't have the control that we were expecting and didn't take care of our chances - giving them hope that they could score.
“The other day I said we have to be more clinical and today it was exactly the same. we didn't take our chances and we had to defend better as a team. It's something we have to improve.
The Blues boss, who was again a target for disgruntled home fans at the end of the game, added: “We cannot be happy drawing at home. The next game has to be totally different.
"But I'm not angry, I'm disappointed. I think we should have won, but credit to them because they did a good game too.”