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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Jan Vertonghen of Spurs holds off the challenge from Fernando Torres of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Jan Vertonghen of Spurs holds off the challenge from Fernando Torres of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Ramires (R) of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Ramires (R) of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Ramires of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Fernando Torres (L) after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Ramires of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Fernando Torres (L) after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Ramires of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Fernando Torres (L) after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Ramires of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Fernando Torres (L) after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Ramires of Chelsea scores his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Ramires of Chelsea scores his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Emanuel Adebayor #10 of Spurs scores from long range to level the scores at 1-1 during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Emanuel Adebayor #10 of Spurs scores from long range to level the scores at 1-1 during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Lewis Holtby of Spurs passes the ball under pressure from Ramires of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Lewis Holtby of Spurs passes the ball under pressure from Ramires of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Emanuel Adebayor of Spurs goes past the challenge from Ramires of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Emanuel Adebayor of Spurs goes past the challenge from Ramires of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Gareth Bale of Spurs reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Gareth Bale of Spurs reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea reacts after being tackled during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Fernando Torres of Chelsea reacts after being tackled during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Gylfi Sigurdsson of Spurs celebrates after scoring his team's second goal whilst Chelsea palyers protest during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Gylfi Sigurdsson of Spurs celebrates after scoring his team's second goal whilst Chelsea palyers protest during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Kyle Walker of Spurs controls the ball as Eden Hazard of Chelsea closes in during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Kyle Walker of Spurs controls the ball as Eden Hazard of Chelsea closes in during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Gareth Bale of Spurs is challenged by Ashley Cole of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Gareth Bale of Spurs is challenged by Ashley Cole of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea reacts after a missed chance on goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Eden Hazard of Chelsea reacts after a missed chance on goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Oscar #11 of Chelsea celebrates with the fans after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Oscar #11 of Chelsea celebrates with the fans after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Gareth Bale of Spurs is pursued by Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Gareth Bale of Spurs is pursued by Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Jan Vertonghen of Spurs holds off the challenge from Fernando Torres of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Rafael Benitez has defended the decision to bring on Yossi Benayoun against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge, which was roundly booed and jeered by the home crowd.

 

The Chelsea interim manager introduced Benayoun, who is not particularly popular with the home crowd, for Oscar, who is, with six minutes left. Chelsea had just blown their lead for the second time following Gylfi Sigurdsson's late equaliser.

Benitez, though, insisted afterwards that there was a tactical explanation for his change and that it was his job to make these decisions.

“I just concentrate on my football, that's it,” Benitez said, denying that he was aware of the abuse. “I concentrate on football.”

“We were weak in the wide areas and were a bit tired, and I didn't see any other wingers on the bench. It was my idea.”

Benitez rounded on those who criticise his decisions from afar: “It is easy to see the bulls from the fence.”

Benitez was frustrated that Chelsea missed chances to go 3-1 up which would have nearly sealed their qualification for he Champions League next season.

“I think we had the chances on the counter-attack to score the third goal and finish the game,” he said. “We had control and then had three or four counters we had to finish. Then they were pushing. The second goal was offside, but still we have to defend a bit better. It was a good, open game. Good for the fans, but not for us.”

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