Before last night's remarkable 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge, Redknapp suggested that even "a dope" would be able to win trophies with Chelsea's star-studded squad.
And the best excuse Benitez, who made a raft of changes for the game, could manufacture to explain away a morale puncturing defeat was that his players, most notably Fernando Torres, were tired
"We were tired and weren't precise. We made a mistake and gave them their chance.
"I don't regret the changes because we can't carry on with the same players in every game," he said.
"Fernando Torres is one of the players we need to rest, he has been playing too many games," said Benitez, who will hope to use new signing Demba Ba to ease the burden on his Spanish star.
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