Benitez explains Mata absence for Chelsea stalemate

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez defended his team selection for their 0-0 draw with Fulham.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez defended his team selection for their 0-0 draw with Fulham.

Chelsea were sorely missing some creativity tonight after resting Juan Mata, who eventually joined the fray.

Benitez said: "We have too many games now, so we have to manage the squad.

"We cannot play the same team every time. We have West Ham, Japan, too many games."

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