Chelsea head coach Carlo Ancelotti has defended his decision to field an under-strength side in the Carling Cup quarter-final defeat at Blackburn Rovers.
The Blues eventually lost out 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out, with Ancelotti having opted against using a number of star players in a game which finished 3-3 after extra-time at Ewood Park.
He said after his side's exit:"We had priorities this week with league games against Arsenal and Manchester City. I felt we fielded a strong team.
"But in the first half they did not play well, that is why I used all three substitutes, it is not something I usually do.
"Then we were unlucky to have Salomon Kalou injured in the second half and that meant we were left with ten men. It was just unfortunate, but we still played well with ten against eleven.
"As for using Gael Kakuta for that last penalty, it was my decision. I have seen him take good penalties during training and I felt he could handle it."
Meanwhile, Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid claim to have rejected another approach from a major European club for star striker Sergio Aguero.
The 21-year-old Argentina international continues to be linked to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, but Atletico's majority shareholder Miguel Angel Gil Marin insists that Aguero will only leave when he wants to.
Gil Marin commented:"We have had another opportunity to sell him and again we have said no.
"Aguero will leave Atletico when he wants to go, as happened with Fernando Torres."