CHELSEA boss Rafael Benitez says his side deserved to beat Manchester United yesterday and is confident the Blues will win the replay.
Benitez, whose omission of Eden Hazard and John Mikel Obi saw Chelsea slump to a 2-0 deficit before bringing them on to draw 2-2, said the whole thing was a calculated decision based on his knowledge of his players.
He said: "I am a professional. I know which of my players would be tired after we went to Romania, The substitutions [I made] changed the game.
"I knew that I would have to change players. Hazard is a player of quality who can change a game on his own and Mikel had fresh legs.
"We should have won the game, United are lucky to still be in the cup.
"We did a great game and deserved to win. In the first half we made two mistakes and conceded two goals. But after that we had some good chances in the counter-attack.
“In the second half we had lots of chances and it's a pity we did not score.
"We did a great game in the second half and we were on top of them. We showed passion and commitment.
"We played good football, lots of positives.”
Of the re-match at Stamford Bridge, the 'interim' manager, said: “I am confident we can win the replay. I have belief in the players.
"As for the replay, I don't know when it will be. We have so many games to play. It will be up to the FA."