Weserstadion

Next Game

W Bremen v Chelsea

Sunday, 03 August 2014, 16:00

Friendly Match

Last Game

Vitesse A 1 - 3 Chelsea

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 18:30

Friendly Match

Benitez: Break was good for Terry

Rafael Benitez believes captain John Terry is fit enough to lead Chelsea into the defining period of their season.

Last Updated: 29/03/13 at 09:13 Post Comment

Benitez is pleased John Terry has enjoyed a rest

Benitez is pleased John Terry has enjoyed a rest

Rafael Benitez believes captain John Terry is fit enough to lead Chelsea into the defining period of their season after benefiting from the recent international break.

Terry's campaign has been severely disrupted by a knee injury and he has been unable to play consistently for Chelsea since returning to action in January.

But Terry's decision to retire from England duty gave him two weeks in which to work on his fitness and break the "vicious circle" in which he had found himself trapped.

Chelsea's Barclays Premier League clash with Southampton on Saturday is the first of five games in 13 days, that includes quarter-final ties in the FA Cup and Europa League.

"Every time when a player is injured he needs time to come back. This break is important," Benitez said.

"He was training with us every day and improving his fitness.

"We had just five players so we could pay more attention to everyone. He was positive and it was positive in terms of the time we had with him.

"It is just a question of how many games can you play? We will have four games in nine days. It is the same for everyone.

"You can't play all these games and be 100 per cent - not just him, everyone."

Chelsea face a gruelling schedule and Benitez admitted it will be impossible to field a full-strength side in every game because players cannot perform at their peak twice inside 48 hours.

But Benitez welcomed the packed calendar and selection headaches.

"The most difficult one will be these two games (coming up) because they are so close," Benitez said.

"It is better to have this problem than be at home watching it on the telly because it means you are still competing."

Benitez is also hoping that Gary Cahill and Ramires will be available to face Southampton.

"We have to ensure we have a competitive team against Southampton and a competitive team against United. We have to manage the squad carefully," he said.

Benitez is not concerned that his players may consider the FA Cup tie with Manchester United to be the priority.

"They want to finish in the top four and guarantee Champions League football for next season so hopefully that will be the motivation for them," he said.


Get £60 from your free £10 bet with Sky Bet if Lampard scores first


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

oes the absence of Winston Bogarde mean he's finally left Chelsea?

nellyknows
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

P

resumably, Diaby is in this team but receiving treatment

lee
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

A

deadwood 11 and not an arsenal player listed. Heady days.

EssexGooner
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

Footer 365

Transfer News: Manchester City in talks with Frank Lampard over loan move

Frank Lampard's representatives are in talks with Manchester City over a loan move, according to Sky sources.

Transfer news: Arsene Wenger admits Thomas Vermaelen could leave Arsenal this summer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger plans to make more signings this summer, but admits captain Thomas Vermaelen could leave.

Guus Hiddink vows to build on success of Holland predecessor Louis van Gaal

New Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink has vowed to build on the success of predecessor Louis van Gaal.

Mail Box

Are Villa Fans The Lowest Of Them All?

With the possible exception of Blackpool, are any club's fans feeling any more depressed about the start of the season than Villa? We also have a bizarre suggestion and...

How Can Tim Sherwood Be Out Of Work?

Don't peple know his PPG was THE BEST EVER FOR A SPURS MANAGER? We also have mails on Luis Suarez, the new fashion for 3-5-2 and more...

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