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Rafa Benitez message to fans and Liverpool players

The former Liverpool manager and legend Rafa Benitez is currently in Madrid for the build up to the Champions League final and it's no surprise to see him wearing red.

The Newcastle manager is considered one of the club's greatest figures and his success in the same competition in 2005 has given him a legendary status few have ever managed.

As you'll be well aware, Benitez masterminded the greatest comeback in European final history, coming back from 3-nil down at half time to one of the greatest AC Milan teams.

So it comes as little surprise to hear that the Spaniard has a message for the fans and Liverpool team ahead of tonight's massive match.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, he said: "They are fantastic. When they are supporting the team, you can feel the atmosphere at Anfield.

"Here with the bigger stadium, I think it will be similar. I remember when we were in Istanbul you could see the queues of fans walking to the stadium and it was massive.

"As a player, you want to deliver for them. When I was the manager, I was thinking all the time about the great atmospheres.

"When people were asking me about the game against Barcelona, I was remembering the game against Real Madrid when we beat them 4-0. The Liverpool fans can re-create these special kind of atmospheres from Anfield here in Madrid.

"You can feel the atmosphere building. It will be a great atmosphere. The only problem is the number of fans without tickets so everyone needs to stay calm.

"The police are a little bit worried about that because there are so many but hopefully everything will be fine and everyone will be happy."


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