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Rodgers must explain himself to Liverpool fans, not UEFA, says Platini

first_img Brendan Rodgers Michel Platini says UEFA will not consider any action against Liverpool for fielding a supposedly weakened side against Real Madrid, telling Brendan Rodgers he only has to explain himself to the club’s supporters.Rodgers left plenty of Reds fans – and former stars – angry with his decision to rest a string of regular players for the Champions League clash at the Bernabeu, seemingly with one eye on this weekend’s Premier League meeting with Chelsea.Champions League rules state clubs must field their strongest sides but UEFA will not be considering any sanctions, with the governing body’s president Platini stating:”First of all he has to explain to his fans why he put this team – not to me, not to you.“Are you sure it was not the best team? How can I say that? The coach of Liverpool, if I say something, he’ll say, ‘Oh, Michel Platini, I put my best team of the moment.’ And I would be stupid.“If I am the coach of Liverpool I say, ‘It’s my best team. How you can prove it’s not your best team?’ I can’t interfere with that.“I think we give a lot of money to the national associations, to the clubs to have their best teams. But they want to win, everybody, because there is the prize money, there is many things. The best team is what the coach put.”The second-string Liverpool side actually gave a good account of themselves in Madrid in the 1-0 defeat, leading Platini to joke Rodgers should have fielded a similar side in their previous meeting at Anfield a fortnight ago, when Real ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.He added when asked about the selection for the starting XI at the Bernabeu: “That is a good thing, because they put a better team now! Why they don’t change 15 days before when they lost 3-0?“You accuse the coach not to have put his best team 15 days ago? I cannot say to that. It’s the problem of the coach, it’s not my problem.” 1last_img read more