11 December 2007

We won't blow it

By PHIL THOMAS in Marseilles
The Sun 11 Dec 07

RAFA BENITEZ enters stage one of the most crucial week of his Anfield life insisting: We will not blow it.
The Liverpool chief faces three games in eight days which could decide his future.
His side must win here tonight to guarantee a place in the Champions League knockout stages, before hosting Manchester United on Sunday followed by a Carling Cup trip to Chelsea next week.
A row with owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett has sent Benitez close to the edge.
But striker Fernando Torres insisted: “It would be a big mistake to think about changing the manager if we do not win this game.
“Rafa has done so much for this club. Both the fans and the players are behind him.”
SunSport revea-led yesterday that Jurgen Klinsmann is ready to fill Benitez’s boots if he gets the chop.
But the Spaniard said: “I don’t think about losing. I only think about winning and I know how the team is. I’ve never lost confidence we will get through.
“I always said we had to win our last three group games to get through.
“I am confident that the team’s make-up is right and I am confident we will go there and win the match.
“Watching these players looking happy and confident — that gives me confidence. Everything was wrong when we lost to Marseille at home.
“We were in a very bad situation and everyone said ‘Forget it, it’s a disaster’. But now they say ‘OK, maybe Liverpool can do it’.
“We have the confidence we can. We can beat Marseille and go through.
“And for me the sporting achievement of that is more important than the money in the Champions League. Liverpool must always think to win — and if you win trophies the money comes afterwards.
“We’ve won other cups as well as the Champions League so we know how to play under pressure. If you want to win trophies you must play in finals — and for us this is a final.
“I’ve said 100 times that we have enough experience of these kind of games. And I think we will play many more important ones this season because we will go through.”

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