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Rafa taunts Fergie: I can't understand a word he says
Published : 11 Apr 2009 19:59:47Rss feed
Rafa Benitez has told Sir Alex Ferguson not to bother cranking up the mind games during the Premier League title run-in - because he does not understand a word the Scot says. Benitez's team kept the pressure on Manchester United yesterday, as a superb Fernando Torres double inspired a 4-0 win over Blackburn that lifted them briefly into top spot. Liverpool were overtaken when Federico Macheda hit a late winner for United at Sunderland but, whatever happens in the next few weeks, Benitez claims he will not be psyched out by his rival. 'Mind games are for managers who are affected by mind games, but I don't understand him - because he talks in a Scottish accent,' said Benitez, who was taunted by Ferguson beforehand for talking too much about his rivals. And he insisted: 'I don't care that he [Ferguson] talks of me, but I know he's nervous. That's good.' Benitez has experience of outfoxing his rivals, having won the Spanish title twice with Valencia. 'Normally I am very focused just on my team before every game and I don't care about what people say,' he revealed. 'I have to decide about my players with my staff, so we just talk about my team. If you have to play this game, I can play this game. You have to know exactly the meaning of each sentence and each word and maybe I would enjoy it more in Spain, where we can do it in Spanish. 'In England, for me it is more difficult but, if I have to do it, I will do it. 'I prefer to talk about football but sometimes you have to do it. You know my idea; when someone is talking too much, you have to say, "listen, enough is enough". 'We're a massive club and you know what it means for a lot of people here, the fans - it's amazing. So I'm really happy here but, if you have to say something, you have to say something.' There was no misunderstanding Liverpool's intent yesterday, with Torres in inspired form on the day Anfield marked the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. He took only four minutes to lift the sombre atmosphere with a world-class strike on the turn, before heading in his 14th goal of the season and he believes it gives the team the ideal lift as they attempt to overhaul a 3-1 Champions League deficit at Chelsea on Tuesday. 'It was a great result coming after the game against Chelsea,' he said.