With so few options and Frank Lampard only just back from injury himself, Benitez could be forgiven for wrapping some of his key players in cotton wool for a match they would be expected to win almost regardless of selection.
Asked whether he would field a team of youngsters, he said: "No, I intend to win. I'll pick players to win the first game. You cannot think about the final until you've won the semi-final."
Chelsea (from): Cech, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Moses, Marin, Piazon, Torres, Turnbull.