Rafa Benitez says Chelsea’s stars are 100 per cent behind him — despite an angry bust-up with John Terry.

And the interim boss insists he does not fear being knifed in the back by his players.

Benitez last night confirmed SunSport’s exclusive report of a training ground row with Blues skipper Terry following Sunday’s 2-0 loss at Manchester City.

He said: “It was a very brief exchange of ideas and that was it.

“It was a meeting between players and technical staff to exchange opinions and disappointment is normal after a defeat.

“But I can guarantee the players are behind our ideas and believe 100 per cent in what we are trying to do.”

Terry defended himself and his team-mates following criticism from Benitez.

And with Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta injured, Terry is set to start tonight’s FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough.