Benitez assesses squad policy for Southampton, Swansea and Stoke clashes

08:20 05 January 2013

Chelsea Manager Rafael Benitez during a Press Conference at Chelsea FC Training Ground, Stoke D

Chelsea Manager Rafael Benitez during a Press Conference at Chelsea FC Training Ground, Stoke D'Abernon. Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

For Chelsea’s interim boss Rafa Benitez, Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Southampton is as important as any other competition.

The 52-year-old has come under fire this week after losing to QPR 1-0 in a match where he dropped Eden Hazard and Juan Mata to the bench.

And with the title almost out of reach for the Stamford Bridge-based outfit some might feel the former Liverpool boss might prioritise other competitions but Benitez is determined to focus all fronts.

“We try to win every game we will approach every game as the most important,” he said. “It was not easy before (losing to QPR), so we cannot say it was easy now. “

“Now we have the FA Cup, then we have the Capital One Cup and then the league. I am not going to say I don’t care about this or that. That is not the way to do things.”

Chelsea remain competitive in three cups including the Europa League after they finished a disappointing third in Group E to move into Europe’s second tier competition.

On January 9, Chelsea will play Swansea in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg – a competition that could bring Benitez’s first chance of a trophy since assuming the Blues’ helm.

The former Liverpool manager insists he will still rotate his players and his pleased that Fernando Torres – Chelsea’s sole striker for much of the season – will have support after Demba Ba signed for the club on Friday.

“Chelsea is a top side and they can play against any other team,” he added. “We have to manage the players like Torres.”

However, Benitez was prepared to admit that there was one overriding importance when it came to the club’s performance.

“Top four is really important for the club, of course, we try to win the FA Cup but at the same time the priority it is to win the best trophies next year too (by qualifying for the Champions League),” concluded Benitez.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Chelsea news

Monday, May 25, 2015
Didier Drogba of Chelsea (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Didier Drogba has encouraged Chelsea’s young players to “be the best” after his final season at the club ended in Premier League glory.

Monday, May 25, 2015
Jackson Martinez of FC Porto battles with Dante and Jerome Boateng of Bayern Munich (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Premier League season is over but silly season has just begun. Here are the latest transfer rumours from around the web.

Sunday, May 24, 2015
Didier Drogba of Chelsea waves to supporters after his final game for the club  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was full of praise for Didier Drogba after the Ivorian striker revealed that he will leave the club this summer.

Sunday, May 24, 2015
Chelsea's Loic Remy scores his side's second goal (Nick Potts/PA Wire)

Champions Chelsea came from behind to beat an energetic Sunderland side 3-1 at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

Sunday, May 24, 2015
Chelsea's Didier Drogba (Nigel French/PA Wire)

Didier Drogba has confirmed that he will be leaving Chelsea when his contract expires in the summer. Blues fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to the Ivorian striker.

Breaking News

Friday, May 22, 2015

There are severe delays on the Central Line after a woman was hit by a Tube train.

Read more

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more

Chelsea Transfer News