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Benitez row with Terry highlighted Chelsea dressing room rifts

Rafa Benitez's infamous confrontation with Chelsea captain John Terry has been laid bare.

The Mail on Sunday says there are clear signs Terry's leadership isn't supported by everyone inside the Blues dressing room.

Last season, for the defeat to Manchester City, Terry had been left on the bench by Benitez and fellow stalwart Frank Lampard was substituted after 68 minutes.

With the team at a low ebb, Benitez took the players to the centre circle of the training ground, so no one else could listen in. He challenged them to improve and Terry led the way, defending the players.

Another senior player weighed in, saying that the team had won the Champions League the year before so could not be all bad. Benitez responded by pointing out that players such as Didier Drogba and Saloman Kalou, who had subsequently left the club, had played a key part in that triumph.

In the middle of the exchange with Terry, one foreign player interjected in Spanish: "Don't worry boss. He's only having a go because you left him on the bench and you took his best mate off after 68 minutes."

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