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Rafa Benitez: AC Milan comeback in Istanbul was better

You can guarantee that it was said with his tongue firmly in his cheek, with a wry smile on his face, but Rafa Benitez reckons his comeback in Istanbul was better.


The Reds came back from a huge first leg loss against Barcelona last Wednesday at the Nou Camp, overturning that loss by winning 4-0 on Tuesday night, and making history.


During his press conference today though, Rafa was asked which comeback was better. It was not a surprise to hear his answer! He said: "My comeback was better, it is very clear.


"There has been a poll [on Sky Sports]. Come on, no chance the Barcelona one was better.


"You have 45 minutes, 3-0 against AC Milan, the best team, miles away from anyone, the fans singing at half-time, the Milan fans so happy.


"Then you go and you score three goals in six minutes and Dudek's save, and then you go to extra time, you go to the penalties.


"Better than that? Come on. I am telling you, a Turkish friend of mine that was here said, 'Listen, for one year, we were analysing this game'.


"Now, [Liverpool] you play a very good game. One thing is the comeback and the atmosphere, the emotions: no chance, that is Istanbul.


"If you win the trophy it would be a fantastic achievement after all these things, but I really don't want to talk too much about that. They've done really well in midweek with a great performance, but Istanbul is another thing."



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