Chelsea manager Benitez claims his players are united and fully support their manager despite ongoing frustration. The Spanish coach did admit there was a "exchange of opinions" with a few senior players on Monday after he gathered them to talk about Sunday's 2-0 loss at Manchester City.
Several reports have indicated former Chelsea captain John Terry was involved in a bust up with the manager but he was quick to deny those speculations and said he understand's Terry's frustration.
"I can guarantee the players know what we're trying to do and believe in what we're trying to do, 100%," he said. "The players are fully behind our ideas. I can guarantee that. I and my staff have been working really hard to get the right balance and right team on the pitch. The players know how hard we are working. That's the main thing.
"I talk with them every day and they're really pleased with what we are doing and know what we're trying to do, every game. Today I was talking with three or four [before training], and two or three after, and they were all convinced we would finish in the top three. They are clever enough and realise they will be here beyond the summer, with long contracts, so they have to perform and be ready if they want to stay at the maximum level. By which I mean in the Champions League. But my relationship [with the senior players] is fantastic. I don't have any problems. Fantastic. The atmosphere is really good inside the club."
Benitez wants his players to improve ahead of Wednesday's FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough away from home.