By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Benitez took over the reins at Chelsea in November last year after club owner Roman Abramovich fired former manager Roberto Di Matteo following a series of underwhelming performances and results.
The Blues have shown signs of improvement ever since Benitez took charge, and although Chelsea missed out on the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, they can enjoy success this season, with the club still involved in the Capital One Cup, the FA Cup, the Europa League, and are in with a shout for the Premier League title.
With Chelsea having spent approximately £100 million during the summer on new players, bringing in the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar, Abramovich would undoubtedly be hoping to win at least one major trophy this season, but Benitez has warned the Russian oligarch not to expect instant success, claiming that the new players needed time to blend in before they could shine and emulate the heroics of the previous Chelsea teams.
"I don't need to convince anyone this is a period of transition," Benitez was quoted as saying by the Sun.
"We all have enough intelligence and experience to realise this.
"Anyone can analyse the squad and see that some new players have come in and some others are getting older.
"It doesn't matter what anyone thinks - the situation is that this is what we have.
"Before at Chelsea they had a lot of big names.
"Now we have a good team with young players who are doing well but need some experience in the Premier League and some older players who can help them."
Benitez also struggled to find a reason why the Blues have been failing to perform on a consistent basis.
"It's not easy find a reason why we are so strong in the cup competitions but inconsistent in the league," Benitez added.
"When you are a long way from achieving your target in the league then maybe it is easy for the players to lose focus."
Chelsea will take on Swansea in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday before turning their attentions to Stoke City on Saturday for their next Premier League fixture.