"I am consistent rather than courageous. I have experience and have been in Europe many times, so I know squad rotation is necessary to make everyone in the side stronger. The team won with character," Benitez told Sky Sport Italia.
"It's no secret that Pandev prefers playing in the centre. He was there today and scored, so he has no excuse!
"I didn't like some things in defence, as we allowed too many crosses into the box, but it's not easy in these conditions. I thought the game was closer to 3-0 than 2-1 all the way through.
"Many of our players cause problems for the opposition, whether they score or not. Duvan created a lot of space for the wingers today."
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