Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Benitez confident against the Italians

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez insists there is nothing to fear in Europe this season as he takes his team to Florence to take on Fiorentina.

Benitez is looking to repeat Champions League glory in Bernabeu next May, five years after lifting the trophy in dramatic fashion against AC Milan.

And the Reds will take on a Fiorentina side in a dreadful run of European form, having won just one of their last 12 matches and none of their last five at home in which they have scored just three goals.

The Stadio Artemio Franchi holds few fears for Benitez and Liverpool look to secure back-to-back victories at the start of this season's campaign.

Benitez said: "The Champions League is a very different and difficult competition, but we have confidence we can beat anyone.

"The Champions League, if you start winning consistently, becomes massive. We got three points against Debrecen and if we can win against Fiorentina it will be a very good step forward. Because then we maybe have to win two more at home and that will be enough to qualify.''

Benitez was also confident that the 6-1 drubbing of Hull City would do nothing other than add further confidence to his side: "I think we can take this mentality into the Champions League, because the team is playing with confidence and scoring goals and playing good football.

"It is easy for the players and the staff to have the same mentality. I am sure it will be different because Fiorentina are a very organised team so it will be more difficult to play good football but we will try.

"Our form has a lot to do with [Fernando] Torres, obviously. In the last three games he has been outstanding. Torres can still improve, because he likes to learn. He is on fire at the moment and is a key player for us, but the Champions League is more difficult and he is aware of that.

"We are scoring more goals and not really worried that we have conceded a few more. Our aim is to score goals and win matches, keeping clean sheets is a bonus. This has been a very good goalscoring start to the season, I'm told the best for over 100 years at this club.

"But even if you score goals and also concede, then someone will see the negative of that.''

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