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Reds send massive message
27 Oct 2008 - 07:34:51
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez believes his side sent a 'massive message' to the rest of the Premier League by ending Chelsea's 86-match unbeaten home record.
A deflected Xabi Alonso goal sent the Reds three points clear at the top of the table, as Benitez's side blunted the home side for long periods at Stamford Bridge.
Benitez said after the victory: "To win here and stay top of the table unbeaten is a massive message for the other teams.
"It was a massive game and to come here with the mentality we had and with the players showing the character they did, it was a big boost for the rest of the season.
"We have belief, we have quality and we have shown by coming from behind in other games this season, that we have character. At least this is enough to be top of the table for now.
"But we need three points in our next game against Portsmouth if we are going to keep this mentality.
"We can go to any stadium and win games. Today, against a very good team, a very offensive team, we showed we were thinking about winning.
"The players know what to do and it is difficult for the opposition to create chances. Chelsea had some chances, but their final pass was not the best on occasions.
"They didn't have too many chances. My players were really good and all credit to them. When you have players with quality and they work so hard, you have a winning team.
"But we have to come down and start thinking about Portsmouth. We knew it was important to beat Manchester United, but then we drew with Stoke."