Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is not worried about the pressure he will be under when his side take on Milan in Wednesday’s Champions League final.
The 2005 winners are looking to win a sixth European Cup and Champions League success, while Milan will be looking to avenge their penalty shoout out defeat of two years ago.
“I am not a manager who worries about pressure because I like to win, and if you want to win trophies you must be under pressure,” he told the Daily Express.
“I am always thinking about winning. When I was younger I wanted to win every game.
“You must be in a final and a final is always a little bit of pressure and stress. For me, it’s okay. I have confidence.”
Benitez has admitted that the half-time team-talk he gave in 2005 final was his hardest moment in football management. With the Reds trailing 3-0 and looking set for a humiliating defeat to Milan, the former Valencia coach admitted that he struggled to convey his instructions to his players.
“If you need to express something in 10 or 15 minutes and you’re losing 3-0 with all the supporters behind you, it’s not easy,” he continued.
“The main problem is not when you say something. It’s when they say something to you because you sometimes can’t understand them, especially because of the Scouse.
“It’s always a big problem. That was my most difficult situation as a manager, for sure.
“In the most important game, in the final, losing 3-0 to Milan, one of the best teams in the world, and trying to explain things, it’s really difficult.”