After their FA Cup semifinal defeat, Benitez to defend comments made in an interview which suggested the inspirational Chelsea skipper was incapable of featuring in two games a week.
"I am surprised with the headline," he said.
"I tried to say that for some players, to play two games a week is not easy.
"It depends on the condition of each player.
"At this moment, Cahill, Ivanovic and Luiz are doing well, so we have to manage the squad."