Europa League - Benitez: No excuses for defeat

Rafael Benitez is adamant Manchester United were not on Chelsea's mind in the Europa League loss at Steaua Bucharest.

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Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez (Reuters)

Raul Rusescu converted a 34th-minute penalty after he was pulled back by Ryan Bertrand to give the Romanians a 1-0 advantage in the last 16 tie ahead of next week's second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Before then, last season's Champions League winners continue their FA Cup defence with Sunday's quarter-final at Old Trafford, a match Benitez insists his players were not distracted by while struggling in Bucharest.

"It's another competition and atmosphere," Benitez said.

"It will be totally different. It's another challenge for us."

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