Featured Matches
Previous
Liverpool
Manchester City
(3) 2
(1) 2
FT-Pens
Game Details
Bayern Munich
Guadalajara
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Brighton & Hove Albion
Southampton
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
AS Trencin
Hull City
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Mlada Boleslav
Lyon
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Real Sociedad
Aberdeen
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Shakhter Karagandy
Hajduk Split
12:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Astana 1964
AIK Solna
2:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Neftchi Baku PFC
Chikhura Sachkhere
3:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Omonia Nicosia
Metalurg
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Astra Giurgiu
Liberec
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Ruch Chorzow
Esbjerg FB
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dinamo Moscow
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Elfsborg
FH Hafnarfjordur
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Karabükspor
Rosenborg
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Mlada Boleslav
Lyon
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
AS Trencin
Hull City
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Brommapojkarna
Torino
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
PSV Eindhoven
St. Pölten
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dinamo Minsk
CFR Cluj-Napoca
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
IFK Goteborg
Rio Ave
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
FC Zorya Luhansk
Molde
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
BSC Young Boys
Ermis Aradippou
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
RNK Split
FC Chornomorets Odessa
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
S.V. Zulte Waregem
Shakhter Soligorsk
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Petrolul Ploiesti
Viktoria Plzen
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Víkingur Gøta
Rijeka
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Mainz
Asteras Tripolis
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Diosgyor VTK
Kuban Krasnodar
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Stjarnan
Lech Poznan
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Sarajevo
Atromitos
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Real Sociedad
Aberdeen
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Club Brugge
Brondby/D Tirana
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
St Johnstone
FC Spartak Trnava
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
SV Grödig Amateure
Zimbru Chisinau
7:05 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Brighton & Hove Albion
Southampton
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bayern Munich
Guadalajara
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Londrina
Santos FC
12:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Coritiba FBC
Paysandu SC
12:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Unión Comercio
Sport Huancayo
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Melgar
San Martin
6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Sporting Cristal
León de Huánuco
8:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Sky Blue FC
Western New York Flash
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 28, 2007

Hutchings defends Benitez's policy of rotation

Wigan boss Chris Hutchings has defended Liverpool counterpart Rafael Benitez's under-fire rotation policy.

Benitez has long fielded criticism regarding his line-up that he changes with every match, and tomorrow's trip to the JJB Stadium is unlikely to be any different.

This season, though, the chorus of dissent has started to become slightly more vociferous, in particular as fans wonder why club record signing Fernando Torres sits on the bench.

The £21million striker has been a substitute for the last two Premier League matches - goalless draws with Portsmouth and Birmingham.

But then handed a start against Reading in the Carling Cup in midweek, Torres scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 win to send the Reds into the last 16.

Despite that, Benitez has offered no guarantees Torres will start against the Latics.

Hutchings can understand Benitez's desire to keep his players as fresh as possible.

'He changes things week in week out, but they've a lot of foreign players there and that's the way they have been brought up,' said Hutchings. 'Whether it is Spain, Italy or wherever, they seem to accept it a little better than the English players.

'English players are more prone to playing every week, and once you get a run in the side then you want to stay in there. It is the way the game has gone, and the English players have to change, although it depends on the size of the squad.

'You can only keep so many players happy for a certain amount of time, but the Europeans seem to accept that.

'The thing is it's about a squad of players now. It's not about 11, 12 or 13, it's about 18, 20, 22 players, and he's been very successful so we can't knock it.

'And it doesn't matter who he plays - (Dirk) Kuyt, (Peter) Crouch - he's a number of fantastic players, and whoever is on the teamsheet we have to deal with them.

'It's a nice decision for him to have to make, but only he can decide. With important games coming up, if that's his choice to keep everybody fresh, then that's what he'll do. The players have to accept it, adapt to it and get on with it.'

Yet after starting the season so brightly and topping the table at one stage, those two goalless draws have undermined Benitez.

It has left Hutchings confused as he is not sure which team will show tomorrow, adding: 'You don't quite know what you're going to get from them.

'On any given day they can knock four or five past you, while on another day they might struggle - for our sake, let's hope they struggle tomorrow.'

Hutchings remains without Emile Heskey and Denny Landzaat, while Antonio Valencia (hamstring) and Ryan Taylor (calf) are doubts.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.