RAFA: LET'S FORGET THE GAP
Jimmy Rice at Anfield 02 January 2008
Rafa Benitez will tell his team to put the 12-point gap between themselves and the top of the table to the back of their minds over the coming weeks in a bid to resurrect the club's stuttering title charge.
The boss believes dwelling on the distance to leaders Arsenal would only put added pressure on their shoulders.
Benitez knows it will now be difficult for the club to end it's 18-year wait for a title this season, but claims his talented squad are still capable of being in contention come May.
Speaking after the 1-1 draw with Wigan at Anfield, Benitez said: "It's clear the gap is bigger but I've said it before, it is a long race.
"You have to try to play one game at a time if you can, because if you think about the gap you will play with more pressure. We need to play well, create chances and score goals, then see every week what the situation is.
"For sure it's more difficult now, especially when you know you are creating chances in all of the games but cannot score that second goal and kill the game.
"I can say a lot of things but at the end of the day you need to win if you are to reduce the gap. It's not time for talking, it's time to play well, score goals and win games."
Benitez believes his side would have been worthy winners against Steve Bruce's men after dominating possession and creating much the better chances.
The Spaniard said: "If you analyse the game, they were playing long balls and trying to win the second ball, whereas we were moving the ball and you could see Pennant, Kewell, Torres and Gerrard involved in all the attacks.
"I am really disappointed because it's another game where we needed a little bit of luck. We had plenty of possession and chances, and you need to take those chances.
"The other team just defended, then got a free kick and won the second ball, and they've got a draw.
Explaining his decision to play Fernando Torres up front in a 4-1-4-1, Benitez added: "We were trying to play with wingers really wide and Gerrard getting into the box. We wanted to spread the other team. If you play with more strikers but the other team is really deep, maybe it is more difficult. We wanted to create space."
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12 points!!!! even if we win the game in hand, still 9 points off.
Need the leaders to starting buanging for us to have any chance.
Maybe with many players away for African Cup, Arsenal and Chelsea will be affected. Think Manu dun have any....
we have one, but that one will not affect us, could even be a good boost for us in his absence.
Last edited by grumpy; 3rd January 2008 at 10:44 PM.
maybe sickco will think without him that y so many poor results maybe put him on bench even better come to think of it
when he come back we give him a lllllllllllllllllooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnngggggggg rest