Rafael Benitez keeps peace as Chelsea make FA Cup last 16

Benitez admitted early in his reign he had been told the 34-year-old would be released at the end of his contract, but Lampard's form has been so strong and the protests from Chelsea's fans so vociferous that Blues owner Roman Abramovich may yet change his mind.

updated: February 18, 2013 10:56 IST
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London: Rafael Benitez played the peacemaker as Chelsea thrashed Brentford 4-0 to reach the FA Cup fifth round despite a series of off-field distractions.

Benitez has endured a stormy time at Stamford Bridge since replacing Roberto Di Matteo in November and there seems no end in sight to the list of problems for the beleaguered Spaniard.

While League One minnows Brentford were eventually dispatched in emphatic fashion on Sunday thanks to second half goals from Juan Mata, Oscar, Frank Lampard and John Terry, it was the continuing soap opera surrounding the manager and two of his key players that hogged the limelight.

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