Chelsea captain Terry accepts Benitez's rotation policy

The defender insists he has no problem with the interim manager's selection policy, and is adamant he will be 'the biggest supporter in the dressing room' when not picked
Chelsea captain John Terry insists that he accepts and supports Rafa Benitez's rotation policy, despite his reduced playing time under the interim manager.

The centre-back has started just nine Premier League games this season, and was forced to make do with a place on the bench for important FA Cup ties against Manchester United and Manchester City in recent weeks.

Despite scoring two goals in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Fulham, Benitez has suggested that Terry is not guaranteed a place in the starting XI for Sunday’s trip to Anfield, but the defender has no complaints.

"With Gary [Cahill] coming back, I don't know where that puts me in the pecking order," he told the Evening Standard. "All I can do is train hard and, when I get a chance, play well.

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"There are no complaints. I accept the rotation system. I can definitely play twice a week, three games a week if need be.

"I'm fit, I'm training every day and have been for the last three months [since recovering from a knee injury], so I just want to set the record straight.

"I'm available but, at the same time, if the manager chooses not to pick me, there is not a problem because I'm Chelsea through and through and I want nothing more than to get Champions League football.

"If that means me playing, great, if not, I will be the biggest supporter in the dressing room. It's down to me to work hard and maybe prove him [Benitez] wrong."

The Blues have eight games of the season remaining, plus a potential Europa League final to contend with, and Benitez insists that he will need everyone to play their part.

"They know the most important thing is the team is winning," the Spaniard told reporters after the Fulham game. "I'm really pleased with his [Terry's] performance but the team has to be winning."

"We have been playing two games a week for four or five months, so it's not easy keeping the players focused, concentrated and not tired," he said.

"We have to keep them ready for every game. Every player wants to play every game, but they have to realise they can't do that and be 100 per cent in each game."