Benitez says he will keep rotating squad

Rafael Benitez says he will continue to rotate his squad as Chelsea look to cling onto a top-four place.

Their 2-0 defeat at Manchester City means they remain only two points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal and will be leapfrogged by fourth-placed Tottenham if Spurs beat West Ham on Monday.

Benitez, whose side are also competing in the FA Cup and Europa League, left out John Terry and Fernando Torres at the Etihad Stadium and has indicated that other players could do with a rest.

“We are playing too many games – games every three days,” said the interim manager.

“You have to manage your squad. Some players have fresh legs and you can play them.

“We can manage in the three competitions. But if we feel we need to prioritise something, we will do it.”

Chelsea’s loss to the reigning champions was a major blow to their hopes of a top-two finish and means they also remain under pressure in the race for Champions League places.

Benitez admitted: “When you lose you have to be disappointed and this game was important for us because we could have been closer to City.

“But we cannot give up. We have to carry on, try to win our games and get close.

“We have to fight for the top four because Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton are close behind.”



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