Rafa Benitez has been forced to deny reports of a training-ground row between the Chelsea caretaker manager and his senior players less than 24 hours after a 2-0 defeat at Manchester City. He said: "This was a normal meeting between players and technical staff, which happens after every game. It was normal talk, nothing else. You show your disappointment, that is normal.

"I can understand the frustrations of (John) Terry, he is an important player for us and has been injured with his knee.

"It was very brief exchange of ideas, and that is it, nothing else. It is just a team talk after a defeat. We had a meeting on the training pitch with my players and technical staff, which is part of our business."

Asked about his relationship with the Chelsea players, Benitez said: "It is fantastic. I have no problem."

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