Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Swansea

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Goodison Park

Last Game

Everton 3 - 6 Chelsea

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Benitez happy with options

Rafael Benitez is glad to see key players returning to the Chelsea team ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash with Sparta Prague.

Last Updated: 10/02/13 at 13:21 Post Comment

Hazard (right): Back in action for Chelsea

Hazard (right): Back in action for Chelsea

Eden Hazard was back for the 4-1 win over Wigan following his three-match ban for kicking a ball boy, David Luiz was fit again and impressed in midfield and Petr Cech shrugged off a finger injury to play.

Interim boss Rafael Benitez, whose role had been questioned publicly due to just three wins in the previous 10 games, said: "Before we didn't have these options in some positions. Now it's much better because you can manage the game in a different way.

"In the past we didn't have these kind of options and it was more difficult to change the game."

John Terry missed the match with a knee injury and whether the captain will travel to the Czech Republic for Thursday's Europa League clash with Sparta Prague is uncertain.

Demba Ba is ineligible for the continental competition, while Nigeria duo Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel could come into contention following the completion of the African Nations Cup.

Cesar Azpilicueta was impressive in the Wigan win and is now targeting success for Chelsea in the Europa League.

He told TalkSPORT: "It's not the same [as the Champions League], it's true, because the Champions League is the top but the Europa League is a big competition and we have the chance to win it.

"Never in the history of Chelsea have we won this cup and we are going to try and win it."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

England name team to face Norway and John Stones will start

John Stones has been named in England’s starting line-up for Wednesday night’s friendly against Norway.

International friendly: England v Norway preview

Team news for Wednesday's international friendly clash between England and Norway at Wembley (kick-off 8pm).

England captain Wayne Rooney 'looks chubby', says Norway's Vegard Forren

Norway defender Vegard Forren says England captain Wayne Rooney “looks a bit chubby”.

Mail Box

Reasons To Feel Positive At Spurs...

They didn't complete any big deals on deadline day, but that doesn't mean Spurs fans should be down about their hopes this season. Plus, United fans say farewelbz...

Danny Welbeck - Yes, No And Maybe

And understandably busy Mailbox with the instant reactions with those happy and sad on their club's transfer dealings. On Welbeck, Arsenal, United, Spurs and loans...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property