When asked why he was left out of their last two league games, Benitez replied: "This was a very different game to last Saturday, it is about space.
"I am only thinking about my team. Our supporters are very clever, they know that I am trying to do the best for the team.
"Fernando knows why he was left out. It was because of space. I didn't need to explain it too much. All the players want to play in every game.
"But because we have very good strikers, I like to choose the strikers for every game and if it is necessary to change I will change.
"I am thinking about the best for my team. I think it was a terrific game for Fernando. But the team worked really hard and it was a very difficult game.
"We knew it could be like that but with the space, Fernando is really dangerous.
"But the rest of the team showed real character as well as Fernando. That is the key for me because you can play with one or two strikers working hard but other players not doing their jobs. But every player did a fantastic job."