Benitez bemoans Saints defeat

Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez was left disappointed by his
team’s efforts as they lost 2-1 to Southampton.

First-half goals from Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert either
side of John Terry’s header ensured it was Saints who claimed the
points and Benitez admitted the performance was not good enough as
they dropped to fourth.

“You have to be really disappointed when you do not win,” the
Spaniard told Sky Sports.

“In the first half we did not play with the intensity required.
In the second half we were much better and had more chances but the
decisions in the final third were wrong. At least we had
chances.

“We knew we were in a really good position and we’re still in a
good position but in the remaining games we must do something more
and win.

“We have to start thinking about the next game as we cannot
change the result now.”

That next game is an FA Cup quarter-final replay against
Manchester United on Monday and that fixture surely played its part
in Chelsea making seven changes for the game at St Mary’s.

Asked if he had been forced into resting the likes of Eden
Hazard, Benitez said: “You say it, we were forced to do it and we
did it.”

The travelling Chelsea supporters were again left frustrated by
the manager’s substitutions as Demba Ba was left on the bench
despite the team trailing.

Asked if he now considers dissenting voices a normal part of
life at the club, Benitez said: “I concentrate on the game. That is
it.”