Does Rafael Benitez have a point when he claims that Arsenal and Chelsea would rather win the Champions League than the Premier League? The Guardian reports that the Liverpool manager is talking up the club’s achievements in Europe a great deal, despite Reds fans being starved of the league title since 1990. Pool may sit seventeen points behind leaders Arsenal going into tonight’s match with West Ham, but don’t let that get in the way of some boasting Rafa.
“How many teams have won the Champions League? That is a massive trophy and it is more difficult to win than any other trophy,” Benítez said. “The Premier League is our target because we have won the Champions League. If you ask Chelsea or Arsenal what they would like to win most of all, I am sure they would say the Champions League. After 18 years without the Premier League we want to win it, but we have to be more consistent.”
The Liverpool manager added: “I came here to improve things and I still remember my first conversations about what we wanted to do here. In three years’ time the target was to be contenders, and in three years we have won four trophies and played in seven finals. So we have improved. We haven’t been at the top level in the league for 15 years. Before I came we hadn’t won the Champions League for 21 years. We are improving, but we cannot say it is enough.”
While the Spaniard is probably true in saying Chelsea’s number one aim is the Champions League (after all, they recently bought two titles), do Gunners fans agree with his claim or is this season all about landing the league first and foremost? Sadly for Benitez, no matter how many times he wins the Champions League with Liverpool, it will never seemingly be as champions.