John Terry and other Chelsea stars that have been dropped have been warned he must be prepared to spend time on the substitutes bench by teammate David Luiz.
The Blues skipper has not started any of the Stamford Bridge outfit’s last three Premier League matches and will be expecting to return for the first leg of the Europa League last 16 tie with Steaua Bucharest.
Terry’s occasional partner in the Chelsea defence insisted any player, no matter how big their reputation, has to come to terms with being on the bench.
The Brazil international admitted no player is happy with having to sit out matches but it was the fact of life in football – the Chelsea star then advised those that were not willing to try their hand at tennis.
“I don’t want to be on the bench or out of the squad - I want to be in the 11,” he is quoted as saying the The Mirror.
“I love to play. I don’t feel really good when I don’t play. Sometimes when you stay on the bench and you are fit, it is a bad feeling.
“But I understand sometimes you need to play other players. And to plan the game it is better to play other players than me. You need to understand this is one team, this is the quality of sport.
“If you want the team to do just my thing and play always, play tennis or an individual sport. All the players in the world want to play and don’t want to stay on the bench.”
Chelsea will need all the fresh legs they can get over the next two weeks as the trip to Romania is followed by their FA Cup quarter-final clash with Manchester United.
The second leg with Steaua at Stamford Bridge is then followed by the derby clash with West Ham in the Premier League.