Rafael Benitez: Chelsea's defence must improve against Man City

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez says his team must improve defensively ahead of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City at Wembley.

The Blues produced a shaky second-half display in Thursday's 3-2 defeat by Europa League opponents Rubin Kazan.

They conceded three second-half goals in Russia but still reached the semi-finals after a 5-4 aggregate win.

"We have to stop crosses and deal much better with them - things we couldn't do against Rubin," said Benitez.

Chelsea were looking comfortable at half-time of the second leg as Fernando Torres's early lob left the visitors leading 4-1 on aggregate.

But they looked fragile after the break as the Russians found success with a number of crosses from wide areas.

The Blues failed to cope with high balls into their penalty area and both Ivan Marcano and Gokdeniz Karadeniz headed in for the home side either side of Victor Moses scoring Chelsea's second.

Marcano also went close with another free header, before Bebras Natcho's penalty gave Rubin victory on the night.

"I was happy with the first half, but we have to improve on our second-half performance," added Benitez.

"I'm disappointed because we didn't defend well in the second half.

"It is not just the defenders who have to improve, because it is the whole team who defends. We have to carefully analyse our defending by watching the match video.

"We managed the squad and hopefully we'll have some fresh legs for Sunday too."

The Spaniard said he was happy with Chelsea's progression to the last four, if not the result on an artificial surface in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

"We have reached another semi-final, despite playing on a synthetic pitch and Ryan Bertrand being unable to play because of illness, so I'm pleased to score two goals and win," said Benitez. "We have gone through so I'm pleased with the team and their effort. The players gave everything on the pitch."

Benitez said he was not concerned about a heated exchange between Frank Lampard and David Luiz at the end of the first half.

"It's always good to have players arguing about things happening on the pitch, so you can correct these things at half-time," he said. "It's fine - it's not a problem."

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