Chelsea take on Swansea tonight in the League Cup semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge with a trophy now firmly in Benitez's sights after Donegal man Carl McHugh and Northern Ireland's Rory McArdle helped Bradford to a shock 3-1 first-leg victory over Aston Villa in the other semi-final.
"I was determined to make sure we got the two-goal lead. I didn't care how I got my head on it," said a delighted McHugh after scoring Bradford's third.
Benitez knows that a Wembley final would ease resistance to his appointment but he also believes that Chelsea fans must get to grips with the fact that club legends like Frank Lampard won't go on forever.
"I think it's always easy to talk about the legends, and you have to have a lot of respect for them.
"But you have to have new players - English or foreign - and carry on winning games," claimed Benitez.