Chelsea trio Ramires, Victor Moses and Demba Ba miss trip to Bucharest for Euro tie

Ramires and Moses have a rest as they miss Chelsea's Europa League trip to Bucharest but Terry and Co hope it'll be plane sailing

PUBLISHED:

14:11 GMT, 6 March 2013

|

UPDATED:

18:17 GMT, 6 March 2013

Ramires and Victor Moses were left behind by Chelsea as Rafa Benitez's side headed to Romania for Thursday's Europa League with Steaua Bucharest.

The pair were rested ahead of Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Striker Demba Ba also missed the trip because he is cup-tied after playing for Newcastle in the competition.

'We will try to put a very competitive team on the pitch and try to do a good job,' said manager Benitez who was speaking a the pre-match press conference. 'After we will think about United but the main thing at the moment is to progress in this competition.

Net gains: Rafa Benitez appeared in good spirits ahead of Chelsea's Europa League clash tomorrow

Net gains: Rafa Benitez appeared in good spirits ahead of Chelsea's Europa League clash tomorrow

Smooth landing: Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Yossi Benayoun, Marko Marin, Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, Oscar, Paulo Ferreira arrive

Smooth landing: Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Yossi Benayoun, Marko Marin, Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, Oscar, Paulo Ferreira arrive

A step down Chelsea are European champions but will want to win the continent's second-tier competition

A step down Chelsea are European champions but will want to win the continent's second-tier competition

The leaders: John Terry and Frank Lampard stride ahead of the Chelsea squad

The leaders: John Terry and Frank Lampard stride ahead of the Chelsea squad

Rafael Benitez

Rafa Benitez and Bolo Zenden

Rolling out the red carpet: Chelsea manager Rafa
Benitez receives a better reception in Bucharest than he does at
Stamford Bridge

'We will try to respect every competition. We are here to play Europa League and we will try to win. After, we will concentrate on Old Trafford and then West Ham. We know all the competitions are important and we will try to finish in the top four and everybody will be happy.

'We know how difficult it is to play away in Europe. We know Steaua Bucharest is a good team with good players. Tactically it is a good team. It is a team capable of pressing high or waiting to play on the counter-attack. They have good pace and can play from the back. It is a team with a good balance.

Chelsea's clash with Steaua Bucharest marks their 50th this season, but Benitez doesn't expect fatigue to be an issue.

He added: 'We can see the games and we can watch our players and we will decide which ones play. We have to manage them.

'We know we have played a lot of games and we want to play more. This is the way for a top side in a lot of competitions. If we do it properly, I don’t think fatigue will be a problem.'

Yossi Benayoun (ankle) and Oriol
Romeu (knee) are expected to miss out through injury, but John Terry
(knee) may not be risked following a fairly stuttering return from a
spell on the sidelines

Romanian champions Steaua come into the tie with almost a full squad to
choose from as Laurentiu Reghecampf looks to continue his side's
impressive run in the competition.

Chelsea arrived in Bucharest in good spirits as they look to win a European competition for the second successive season.

Rested: Chelsea midfielder Ramires and (below) forward Victor Moses

Rested: Chelsea midfielder Ramires and (below) forward Victor Moses

Victor Moses

Cup-tied: Demba Ba has also not travelled to Romania

Cup-tied: Demba Ba has also not travelled to Romania