24/12/2012 07:45 GMT

Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa (VIDEO)

Rafael Benítez does not feel Chelsea's 8-0 thrashing of Aston Villa has made the rest of the Premier League sit up and take notice, believing they were already wary of them to start with.

When asked if other teams would now be fearing them, Benitez said: "No. They knew Chelsea were a top side before, and still are. They will be dangerous and will have game-plans and ideas. Maybe they will be more careful playing against us, but they had a lot of respect for Chelsea before."

Chelsea have started to tick over nicely over the last month, with the furore over Benitez's appointment starting to die down, but they are still some way behind Manchester United in the title race, trailing the Red Devils by 11 points.

"Today we have that game-plan and idea," Benitez added. "We knew they (Villa) would be dangerous in counter-attacks, so we were trying to stop them with the way we wanted to attack, and everything went to plan.

"The main thing is to win our games. You can do that if you can see the team improving. I'm sure it will be closer. We'll try to be as close as possible, but you can see the mentality of the team; even after six goals they were still pushing forward for more."