Chelsea manager pleased to see Frank Lampard and David Luiz clashing
Chelsea are the only English team to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League, with the Blues going through 5-4 on aggregate against Rubin Kazan on Thursday night.
April 12th, 2013
Goals from Fernando Torres and Victor Moses were enough to ensure the London side booked their place in the last four of the competition, although a spat between Frank Lampard and David Luiz suggested all was not well in the Chelsea camp.
The two players squabbled as the teams left the pitch at the interval despite the visitors holding a 1-0 lead, with team-mates having to intervene although Rafael Benitez seemed encouraged by the confrontation.
“It’s always good to have players arguing about things that happen on the pitch so you can correct these things at half-time,” he said. “We were talking about that, adjusting positions, so it’s fine. Not a problem.”
Benitez was pleased to see Chelsea go through despite a late comeback from Rubin Kazan which saw the Russian side win 3-2 on the night.
“The timing of the goals made it harder. Our first made a big difference in the tie and made us confident: not over-confident, but when they scored we had to start again. The same with our second goal: the game felt finished but it wasn’t. We had to work hard again. We had to deal much better with the crosses, something we couldn’t do, but credit to all our players. Despite the circumstances, we’re in another semi-final.”