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Manchester City v Chelsea: Benitez 'Penalty Was Clear'

Rafa Benitez insisted that Chelsea should have been awarded a penalty during their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City, feeling that had it been given it would have had 'big consequences'.

The incident, which occurred with just over ten minutes remaining saw Torres and City's Vincent Kompany challenging a long ball, and Kompany appeared to grab hold of Torres's shirt in the process. If given, it could have brought Chelsea level and saw City possibly reduced to ten men with Benitez feeling that a red card could also have been given.

Although Benitez conceded Chelsea were up against a good City team conceding the second goal was a 'disappointment' but having got themselves back into the game (and after Torres had been introduced) they showed 'more determination, more confidence and played better with the ball.'

Benitez was less candid when asked about the games other controversial decision, refusing to be drawn on the whether Sergio Aguero deserved a red card for what appeared to be a stamp on David Luiz in the final minutes. He did, however, defend his decision not to start John Terry, feeling that with certain players and situations it is 'not easy' to play twice a week.