Benitez won’t promise Terry starting spot despite brilliant brace in 3-0 win over Fulham
It appears as if a brilliant brace by Chelsea defender John Terry isn’t enough for him to win a place in the heart of his manager Rafael Benitez. The former England captain scored two goals as Chelsea picked up a 3-0 against Fulham at the Craven Cottage. In spite of recording a brilliant performance, the interim boss isn’t ready to handover John Terry a starting spot in the Sunday battle against Liverpool.
Chelsea returned to the top three of the Premier League with two goals coming from John Terry after David Luiz drew first blood. John Terry recorded a heroic performance for Chelsea, but Rafael Benitez insists he won’t think twice before benching the 32-year-old in order to keep Chelsea in momentum.
“He has to be happy, scoring goals,” Rafael Benitez said. “Everyone is. It's good for him and the team. I'm really pleased because it was a good performance. "(But) I think the most important thing is the team.
“They know the most important thing is the team is winning. I'm really pleased with his performance but at the end of the day the team has to be winning. I prefer these problems (of whether to leave him out). I told the players before it is important that they have to be ready.
“We have eight or nine games to play and everyone has to be on his toes and ready to play and perform. We have been playing two games a week for four or five months, so it's not easy keeping the players focused, concentrated and not tired.
“We have to keep them ready for every game. Every player wants to play every game, but they have to realize they can't do that and be 100 per cent in each game. We will try to stay in the top three and we have the Europa League as well. We want to compete in both competitions.”
Victory against Fulham comes three day after Chelsea made a heart-breaking exit from FA Cup following a 2-1 defeat against Manchester City. Rafael Benitez lauded Chelsea for playing valiantly throughout the game.
“We finished the game against City doing really well,” Rafael Benitez added. “To lose in a semi-final of the FA Cup against a top side is not the best, but at least it was against a good team.
“We had some confidence and today we knew this was a derby and we had to do well, but we were ready. Three goals, a clean sheet and the way we played in the second half was really pleasing so there are a lot of positives today.
“When we scored the second goal obviously we knew they'd come at us and we'd have more space. We were well organized and defending well, had chances on the counter-attack and you cannot complain when you score three away.”