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Benitez refuses to surrender title challenge by lfctalk
February 21, 2009, 17:31
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Rafael Benitez believes that the next fortnight could be the deciding factor in his side’s title challenge.

He will take his side into action against Manchester City, Middlesbrough and Sunderland along with the two legs against Real Madrid in the Champions League in the coming weeks.

Those matches are followed by a tantalising trip to Old Trafford that could determine who claims the Premiership title this year.

“It now depends on one or two weeks to see what happens. Everything can change in just a few days,” said Benitez.

“This is a crucial time, we have four games in a few days and that can make a massive difference to whether we will be fighting for trophies at the end of the season.”

“At this stage, you can only think of taking three points and then seeing how your rivals do. We cannot influence what happens to other teams so we must concentrate on our own job and see whether someone else loses a match or two.”

Benitez is in the minority of people that believe that his side can claim the title, but he feels that if his team can stay in touch with United running up to the March 14th encounter they can claim a maiden Premiership crown.

“If we win our games before we go to Old Trafford, and then we win, the gap will be just two and then we will wait to see how that affects the situation,” the Spaniard said.

“It does not matter what other teams say about us being challengers or not, we just have to do our job and win our games.”

“Five points is a significant lead. But it is not impossible.”


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