Ba trusts Benitez’s Chelsea rotation policy

Demba Ba has faith in the rotation policy employed by interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez, the Daily Mirror has reported, with the former Newcastle striker adding that while he wants to help the club finish in the top four of the Premier League, his main aim is to claim a trophy for the Blues.

Chelsea are competing on three fronts as the season draws to a close, attempting to seal a place in next season’s Champions League, win their fifth FA Cup in seven seasons and progress further in the latter stages of the Europa League.

The Blues are currently fourth in the table with a game in hand on third-place Tottenham Hotspur, and are through to the FA Cup semi-final, where they will play Manchester City, and on Thursday will resume Europa League action by hosting Russian side Rubin Kazan at Stamford Bridge.

Benitez has been forced to juggle the demands of the three competitions, which has led to a regular rotation of players as matches come thick and fast, drawing criticism from some quarters, who feel Benitez has prioritised competitions in the wrong order.

Ba however disagrees, insisting that on both a personal and club basis, winning a trophy this season is more important than getting into the top four. He said: “The top four is very important – but we want a trophy. We are looking very good in two competitions, the Europa League and the FA Cup. We’re going to do everything to win them both.

When you retire, no one remembers that you finished in the top four. They remember you won a trophy. It’s important for a player to win a trophy.

I have not yet won a trophy in my career. Hopefully this will be the season it happens. We’re in the FA Cup semi-final against one of the best teams in the country, but we’ll go to Wembley to win.

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