Chelsea center-back John Terry says he accepts interim manager Rafa Benitez’s squad rotation policy. The thirty-two-year-old has only made three starts for The Blues so far this season, and despite scoring two headers against Fulham in Chelsea’s 3-0 win on Wednesday, Benitez said he was not guaranteed a starting place in Chelsea’s match against Liverpool on Sunday.
The Englishman was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s FA Cup semifinal defeat to Manchester City last weekend, and although featuring in the Europa League, has only made two Premier League starts since early February. Despite his lack of playing time, Terry recently denied a bust-up with Benitez, and has said that he accepts the Spaniards squad rotation policy. “There are no complaints,” Terry told the Evening Standard. “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.”
Chelsea will have to play their best squad for the rest of the season if they hope for a top four finish in the Premier League, but whether Terry is part of that squad will be up to Benitez. The Blues have a though run-in, having to play Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, and Aston Villa in their last four Premier League matches of the season.