Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has indicated he is rotating Fernando Torres and Demba not out of choice, but because he feels he has to.
The former Liverpool manager’s penchant for squad rotation came under particular scrutiny during his time at Anfield, but a lack of consistency from his two front men has seen the Spaniard frequently rotate. Former Newcastle United forward Ba is without a goal in five games, while Torres has not faired much better, with just a single goal to his name since the turn of the year.
Benitez has opted to play just one of his misfiring forwards at a time, and has stressed that it is something he is not doing out of choice.
'”I am not rotating because I want to. We have to do it," Benitez told a press conference today. “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.”
Chelsea have not won a game since their victory over Arsenal on January 20, with Benitez’s position coming under increased scrutiny following last week’s 3-2 defeat to Newcastle United. The Blues welcome Wigan Athletic to Stamford Bridge this Saturday.