Benitez reveals clear-the-air talk with Chelsea stalwarts Terry and Lampard

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has revealed that he held talks with two of Chelsea’s senior players, captain John Terry and vice-captain Frank Lampard, in an effort to put aside bad blood between himself and the club, the Daily Mirror has reported.

When Benitez was Liverpool manager and Chelsea were led from the dugout by Jose Mourinho, the two clubs engaged in some fierce contests, often in the Champions League, not least when they met at Anfield in a European semi-final which Liverpool won thanks to a controversial goal that Mourinho felt did not cross the line.

Upon Benitez’s appointment at Stamford Bridge much of the old enmity was dragged up as a reason why Chelsea supporters did not welcome the Spaniard. But Benitez has sat down with Terry and Lampard to discuss their past rivalry and explain his belief that their mentalities are not only compatible, but a recipe for bringing success to Chelsea.

I had a conversation at the beginning with Frank and Terry. They were injured and we spent time in the dressing room while the team were doing the warm-up,” Benitez said. “ We were talking about the rivalry and the mentality from before.

At Liverpool, I had at that time, a good mentality – a winning mentality. They have, and had, a winning mentality. That is positive and I told them that, together, we will be better than we were when we were on different sides.

Terry is currently out injured with a knee problem and will miss the Club World Cup in Japan next week, but Lampard, who has missed the last few games through injury, is expected to return to the squad against Sunderland on Saturday.

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