Rafa: Not fair
2nd May 2008
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has blasted Chelsea and Manchester United for not resting players ahead of their second leg Champions League semi-finals.
The Spaniard is furious that both clubs played their first teams in the encounter at Stamford Bridge.
â€œBoth Barcelona and ourselves rested players but Manchester United and Chelsea play their first teamâ€
â€œIt's an unfair advantage and allows those teams to become, how do you say? Battle-hardened?â€
â€œIf I knew they were going to play full teams then I would have played full team too. I spoke to Frank (Rijkaard) and he is unhappy about it as wellâ€
Benitez is now insisting the FA and UEFA look into the situation.
â€œMacherano received a long ban for talking to the referee and now Manchester United and Chelsea play full team and no bans for themâ€
â€œIt's important that this is investigatedâ€
Steven Gerrard echoed his manager's sentiments by insisting that teams who are still in the league have an unfair advantage.
â€œThey can afford to play the same team as their league games count for somethingâ€.
Spokesman from both United and Chelsea refused to comment.