Benitez sticks to his plan even if it displeases his players.


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Rafael Benitez stands by squad rotation policy, even if Chelsea players do not agree with interim manager’s tactic.

The Spaniard believes that this gives his players enough rest, which is crucial in the long term success. However, senior players John Terry and Frank Lampard have declared themselves fit to play the remaining fixtures for the London outfit.

“If you analyse our reaction in our second halves we show quality, character and energy so I think that to manage the squad is part of our job,” Benitez said.

“You can see that we still have some legs and some determination to win games.

“As you say, we have had a lot of games, and we still have nine or 10 games left to play.

“All the players in the squad are important and have been important and it has to be the same until the end. We have to manage the squad and we will do it until the end.”

He went on to comment about their FA Cup defeat against Chelsea and refocusing on their main goal to secure Champions League positions.

“We did well in the second half and should have scored another goal, but you have to take the positives and the positive is that we will play Fulham.

“That is our priority now – the Premier League.”

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