Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 2/14/13
Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez is determined that last season's Champions League winners take the Europa League seriously, beginning with today's last-32 first leg at Sparta Prague (live on Fox Soccer 1pm ET) . The match at the Generali Arena is Chelsea's first away fixture in Europe since Roberto Di Matteo was sacked following the holders' exit from the Champions League group stages. "This is a massive city, massive club and a massive competition," Benitez said. "We are really pleased to be here. Obviously, you cannot change things. The Champions League is a massive competition, but the Europa League is also a massive competition. "We play against an historic team. We're really pleased and, for me, I try to give my players the right message. "We know it will be tough. It's against a great team, a great club and a great city." Benitez has a contract until the end of the season and would not look towards the possibility of taking permanent control should Chelsea win the Eu...
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