It was a superb finish to an encouraging first season back at the highest level and left Benitez's men inside the top-half of the table and just 10 points off Burnley who took the final European spot for next season.
"I can't emphasise how important it is". Since he's been here, the club has been on the rise.
"He's a different kind of midfielder", he told Sky Sports after his side's 1-0 loss to Tottenham at Wembley Stadium.
The visitors were completely flat during the game and looked to be on holiday already, despite having the FA Cup final to play next weekend against Manchester United.
"People say we wouldn't gel together and we're a Championship side, well if that's the case then the manager has got us all together and we're sat in the middle of the table".
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So which players were most impressive for United? "We're going to have some success in the near future I'm certain of that", he assured supporters.
"I can't thank Rafa enough for how much I've improved, not only as a player but as a captain".
"Rafa, as always, has my full support, and contrary to some media reports that portray me as a pantomime villain, I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him".
The Blues who won the title last season are in danger of missing out on a place in the Champions League next term following a disappointing campaign.
"When you're flicking through Twitter or people say there's rumours about this, that and the other you're aware of it but I don't take any notice".
"When I first came to the club there wasn't really a link between the fans and the players and he has just turned the whole city around".
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Watford restored their lead through Camilo Zuniga though, and Troy Deeney sealed the deal with a 90th minute strike from the spot. And on Thursday, after the 0-0 draw with West Ham, Mourinho said: "Marcus [Rashford] and Anthony played against Brighton".
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With the World Cup just around the corner, many had tipped Lascelles to make a late charge into Gareth Southgate's 23-man squad for Russian Federation.
His performances towards the end of the season have given Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate food for thought ahead of the squad's announcement on Wednesday.
Shelvey's own form this season has led to calls for the former Liverpool midfielder to be included in England's World Cup squad.
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