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Benitez: Players are behind me

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez claims that he has the backing of the majority of the players in the wake of his outburst in midweek.

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Rafa Benitez: Claims he has the backing of the players at Chelsea

Rafa Benitez: Claims he has the backing of the players at Chelsea

Benitez has found his position under increasing pressure following his outburst against the club and the club's fans following Wednesday's FA Cup win at Middlesbrough.

There have been rumours of dressing room unrest at Stamford Bridge, but Benitez insists the players are happy with the job he is doing at the club.

"A lot of the players have been supporting me, telling me to carry on doing my job. These are private conversations," said Benitez.

"I have a lot of conversations with the players, and the majority of them say they are happy with the training sessions, the methods, the intensity. We try and do our best, and sometimes we cannot, but I think they are quite happy.

"You may speak one or two, but there are another 21 you don't know. If you have 25 players in a squad, you'll obviously have one or two who aren't happy, but you can find that in every squad around the world."

Benitez also denied that one of the unhappy players was Chelsea captain John Terry, saying: "No. When he's fit, he's training, he's fine. You can play him. You have to manage them."

"The atmosphere in the training ground is really good, really good. The staff around Cobham are really good.

"I have a very good relationship with everyone. I don't see a big problem there. Still, we have time to push a bit harder and we'll try and do it. "

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