Rafa backs Aquilani

06 February 2010 09:56
Rafael Benitez is confident Alberto Aquilani can cope with the pressures of playing in the Merseyside derby. Should Aquilani start against Everton today, then no doubt the Blues will try and kick him out of the game. However, Benitez has faith in his £20m signing to cope with the derby. "We have been talking with all of the players and he knows this is a massive game with a lot of passion," said the boss. "Always when you play in a derby it is a good experience, but here in England it is always different. The league is different and the Merseyside derby is the most difficult one, but I think it will be a great experience for him."