Goals not enough to guarantee Terry’s Chelsea place, says Benitez

Rafael Benitez has revealed that John Terry’s place in the Chelsea team is not guaranteed despite the captain scoring twice against Fulham to take the Blues into third place in the Premier League, the Daily Mail has reported.

Chelsea meet Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday and Benitez said he intends to continue rotating his squad in an effort to keep his players fresh – Chelsea still have to play a two-legged Europa League semi-final with Basel – and potentially the final of the competition – as well as their final six Premier League games of the season before the end of the campaign in May.

Having reached the semi-final of the League Cup and FA Cup, as well as competed in the Club World Cup in Japan earlier in the season, it has been a hectic schedule for Chelsea and Benitez insists rotation is good for the squad, regardless of Terry’s individual performances.

[Terry] has to be happy, scoring goals. Everyone is. It’s good for him and the team. I’m really pleased because it was a good performance, Benitez said. The Spaniard added: “I prefer these problems [of whether to leave him out]. I told the players before it is important that they have to be ready.

We have eight or nine games to play and everyone has to be on his toes and ready to play and perform.

Benitez went on to say that he wants to wrap up a top three league placing and win the Europa League, but could only do so if he used as many of the options within his squad as possible.

I think the most important thing is the team, Benitez said. “They know the most important thing is the team is winning. I’m really pleased with his performance but at the end of the day the team has to be winning.

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