Apr 7, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Chelsea
2-1
Sunderland
Ivanovic (55'), Kilgallon (47' og.)
FT(HT: 0-1)
Azpilicueta (45' og.)
Gardner (25'), Rose (62')

Rafael Benitez pays tribute to Chelsea squad strength

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez smiles prior to kick-off against Sparta Prague on February 21, 2013
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Rafael Benitez praises the strength of his squad after Chelsea played their fourth game in eight days on Sunday.

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has paid tribute to the strength of his squad following their win over Sunderland on Sunday.

The Blues were forced to make five changes to the side that beat Rubin Kazan 3-1 on Thursday, having played four games in eight days over three competitions.

However, Chelsea managed to secure a 2-1 win over the Black Cats at Stamford Bridge, which delighted their temporary boss.

"You always try to select the right team. If you win you will say that is right, if you cannot, maybe we will find something to talk about," Benitez told Sky Sports News.

"We see the players training and today you could see some players who were a little bit tired.

"But we have quality in the squad and the priority now is every game, trying to pick the right team and trying to win."

Chelsea are now third in the Premier League table.

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez prior to kick-off against Southampton on March 30, 2013
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