Benitez: Replay difficult for Blues

Fernando Torres' equaliser might have rescued Chelsea and Rafa Benitez but it also added to the biggest fixture pile-up in the club's history.

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The holders are unable to host the replay until the fifth-round weekend.

"Yes, it's quite difficult for us," Benitez said.

"We play one game every three days so, if you understand, how can you train the day after? How can you train the day before games when you have the same players all the time?"

Benitez appeared more downbeat on Sunday than at any stage since taking charge, amid reports the club were reluctant to back him in the transfer window.

The Spaniard nevertheless branded Chelsea's first-half display as unacceptable.

"We made too many mistakes in the way we wanted to play," he said before hailing their second-half "character".

Benitez insisted Chelsea were denied a "clear" penalty and once again defended his team selection and tactics amid renewed chants of "you don't know what you're doing" from supporters.

"I can guarantee that playing Mata, changing the game, we know what we are doing," he said, revealing he decided to pick Turnbull due after Petr Cech picked up a knock.



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