Best of Friends: Benitez and captain Terry all smiles during Chelsea training session
13:07 GMT, 20 February 2013
16:16 GMT, 20 February 2013
Rafa Benitez looks as if he’s finally found a friend at Stamford Bridge, with the interim manager and captain John Terry sharing a joke at the Chelsea’s Cobham training ground today.
The rest of the squad also looked in
good spirits as they prepare to face Sparta Prague at Stamford Bridge
tomorrow in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie, which
they lead 1-0.
Two players who won't be involved are Frank Lampard and defender Branislav Ivanovic, who Benitez confirmed would be rested.
Reports last week suggested Benitez and the Chelsea captain had a falling-out over Terry being selected on the bench due to a recurring knee injury, but there were clearly no hard feelings.
Scroll down for Kevin Quigley's video from Chelsea training
Buried the hatchet: Terry (right) and Benitez joke around during Chelsea's Cobham training session today
Still got it: Benitez (left) controls the ball while Brazilian defender David Luiz (left) has a laugh at training today
Wrapping up warm: Fernando Torres (left) and Yossi Benayoun laugh as training begins today
The former England skipper insisted he had no problem with starting games on the bench, as long as Chelsea were winning games, while accepting fans’ criticism of the unpopular Benitez’s reign.
‘They pay their money so they are entitled to echo their thoughts,’ said Terry. ‘The most important thing is the team winning games.
'People speak about things but it’s not about Rafa, it’s not about me, it’s not about Lamps, it’s not about anybody.
Good spirits: Frank Lampard (left) and David Luiz share a joke today while the squad (led by Gary Cahill, below) prepare for the visit of Sparta Prague in the Europa League tomorrow night, with the Blues ahead 1-0 in the tie
‘It’s about this football club winning games and if we’re doing that the fans are happy. That’s all they want to see.
‘If that’s with me in the side, great; if not, then I will be their biggest supporter and I’ll sit there and support the team like the fans will.
‘If you are losing games, the pressure is on the manager. If you’re winning games, that gets taken away. Hopefully, as a group of players we can do that and it takes the pressure off him.’
VIDEO See the team warming up ahead of their Europa League clash
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