Blues interim manager says he had ‘normal’ meeting after City defeat.
Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez has played down reports of a ‘bust-up’ with club captain John Terry, reports the Guardian.
The Sun newspaper reported on Thursday that the Spaniard and centre-half were involved in a heated exchange after the Blues’ 2-0 loss at Manchester City in the Premier League.
The tabloid claimed that players and staff alike were left ‘shocked’ by the confrontation but Benitez has insisted he has no issues with any of his senior players.
“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,” Benítez said.
Terry was left out of the team to face City and the former Liverpool manager admitted that the ex-England captain is frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge at present.
“I can understand the frustrations of 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 pitch with my players and technical staff, which is part of our business. Now we have to move on and start thinking about [Wednesday’s FA Cup replay with] Middlesbrough.”
Asked about his relationship with the Chelsea players, Benítez replied: “It is fantastic. I have no problem.”