NUMBERS GROW FOR WIGAN
Rafael Benitez reports a slight problem that will keep Terry out of action but welcomes back David Luiz after he missed three Chelsea games, while Cech and Ba have recovered from injuries last weekend in time to face the Latics. Eden Hazard also returns from suspension.
'The first one is I am really pleased with the medical department, they are doing a great job,' Benitez said. 'We have just two players injured, Oriol Romeu, a long-term injury, and now John Terry has inflammation in his knee. It's not serious but he will not be available tomorrow.
It leaves Benitez with a decision to make regarding his strikers, with Ba and Fernando Torres both in contention. Asked if he would be rotating them, the Spaniard sought to clarify the position.
'I am not rotating because I want to. We have to do it,' he said. 'Demba Ba cannot play Europa League, we have to manage them both and see and I have to decide. This week Demba Ba had the problem with the nose so we have to analyse it in a different way, but that's the idea. He was training yesterday and today, with the mask. He is fine, and we have to make a decision.
'If we can play both sometimes we will do it but with the players behind it will be difficult so we have to play one or the other, and it depends on each game.'
We are without a win in four games, dating back to Arsenal's visit to Stamford Bridge in the Barclays Premier League three weeks ago. Benitez believes his side have generally performed well in that period, but seeks improvement in results as we enter another busy period.
'We could win all the games we didn't win,' he said. 'It's a question of sometimes doing the right things at the right moment, a little bit of luck, being more clinical and not making mistakes in defence, but the team is doing well in terms of performance. We have to improve the results, especially in the games we were winning. We were training, practising, analysing but also working on the pitch and that's the main things we can do.
'We are working on the solutions. If you can score two goals and be two up you have to finish the games, and you cannot make these mistakes. You have to be sure you control the game.
'Every week is important for us, not just this one. We play two games a week and have to do our best in every game. Wigan will be important too and we start the Europa League next week. Every game will be important until the end of the season.
'All the games are difficult; all the teams are difficult to beat. They have won more points away and we now there is no room for complacency. We have to do the right things from the first minute to the last minute.'