The 52-year-old Spaniard — who has struggled to win over the fans since he replaced Champions League winning manager Roberto di Matteo on November 21 — have won five of their last six games in all competitions and scored 13 goals in their last two.

Benitez, whose side play Norwich away today coming in on the back of an astonishing 8-0 humbling of Aston Villa on Sunday, said he would not accept defeat in the title race for a while yet. “We will see after two or three more games,” said Benitez.