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Benitez laughs off Wenger claims by lfctalk
February 21, 2009, 17:20
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Rafa Benitez has laughed off claims from Arsene Wenger that Manchester United are “untouchable” – and he feels that his side can go to Old Trafford and take the win that would blow the title race wide open.

Wenger said he was so impressed by United’s nine game winning streak that he feels the title race is as good as over and nobody can match them.

But Benitez feels differently: “When I speak of facts, one is that United are a very good team and I knew they could have a run of winning games in a row.”

“They will win more than a lot of the other teams but to say we can’t beat them? I don’t think so.” said the Spaniard.

“I can only talk of my team but I don’t think they are untouchable. In football now every game is tough so anything can happen.”

“We have reduced the gap very well and want to reduce it more. It will be difficult but if we’re in the same position going to Old Trafford maybe that could be important.”

Benitez’s experience of overhauling top sides is strong after his Valencia side won La Liga under his guidance, coming from behind to pass Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Benitez added: “In Spain we were eight or nine points behind in January and finished seven ahead.”

“It’s a big gap but we can reduce that by winning a few in a row.”

“We can talk about it all but we still have to do it on the pitch, though. Since I arrived there has been a massive difference.”

“You can’t keep the gap too big because you wouldn’t have time and would be under a lot of pressure. You can talk of easy games and then afterwards it turns out they are really difficult. I think they will all be hard until the end of the season now.”

“We just have to think we can win the next game, then the next one, and go to Old Trafford and win too. We have to think this way.”

Benitez’s side have scored just seven times in the first-half in the last 14 home games and only led at half-time on two occasions. Benitez admits it is more crucial than ever to start turning pressure into goals if they’re to win an elusive Premiership title.

“Clearly it’s better if you score first because the other team have to play higher up the pitch and it’s hard to explain why we haven’t.” said the Anfield boss.

“We have to improve but if we scored the first goal obviously it would make it easier for the team’s confidence, for the fans – and for my heart!”

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