The 8-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday has been recognised by the League Managers Association (LMA) who named it Performance of the Week.

Rafael Benitez was presented with an engraved crystal football to mark the award at Cobham today (Friday).

The result, which matched Chelsea’s best win in top-flight football, was chosen from all the games played over the past week throughout the divisions by a panel comprising LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry.

On collecting the award, Benitez said:

‘It is great to win this and I say thank you to the players because they deserve to receive all the credit as it was a great performance.

‘We are now in a good moment, we are scoring goals and the game against Aston Villa was amazing, then after we had a professional performance against Norwich.’

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