Under-fire Benitez defends Ba decision

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez defended his decision to wait until the 82nd minute to bring on Demba Ba in the 2-2  draw against League One side Brentford in the FA Cup.

Ba had only been on the pitch a minute when he played a part in setting up the vital equaliser for Fernando Torres.

But the Blues were woeful until the rested Juan Mata was brought on at half-time and Chelsea fans booed Benitez and questioned his substitutions and tactics throughout.

However, Benitez said he delayed Ba’s introduction because his team were “doing well” after the break.

“I changed Mata at half-time and he made an impact and a big difference,” Benitez added.

“After we were controlling the game and were on top of them, I wanted to give some width and some fresh legs. Still we were in control and so, okay, then we put on Demba Ba.

“You change things sometimes and it is good, but when you are doing well you cannot change too many things.

“But in the end Demba did a great job on the left side and gave us different things.”

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