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Benitez hails Chelsea 'commitment'

Created on 19 Apr., 2013 8:22 PM GMT

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has praised the spirit in his squad ahead of the meeting with his former club Liverpool on Sunday.

The fixture is the first of five in 21 days as the London club look to claim a coveted top-four spot in the Premier League and win the Europa League.

Benitez made several changes to his side in their mid-week win over Fulham and the Spaniard was impressed with the performance of his players, despite the alterations.

"The game against Fulham was very important," he said.

"We needed to be sure we were back in the top three and now every game will be important.

"We have a lot of important games to play and we have to be sure everybody can give 100 per cent. I am really pleased with the commitment of every player."

Benitez has been boosted by the return of England internationals Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill to training after recovering from hamstring and knee injuries, respectively

"It is good news," he added. "We have had Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole training today so that was really positive. Also Marko Marin, who wasn't training.

"There are no problems apart from Oriol Romeu, the rest of the squad is fit. Maybe it is too early, but we will see tomorrow after another training session."

Benitez also confirmed that John Terry will be available for selection after his two goals in the Fulham victory on Wednesday.

"He is fine, he is training with the team," the interim boss said.

"He had a plan at the beginning and is now training with the rest of the team. He is an important player for us.

"If I pick him it's because I think he is fine, if not it's because I think a team-mate will be better for this game."

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