Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez believes the Champions League is easier than the Premier League after his side won 1-0 at Inter to reach the quarter-finals 3-0 on aggregate.
Liverpool won the Champions League under Benitez in 2005 and were runners-up last year, but they have struggled to sustain a meaningful challenge in the Premier League since Benitez arrived at Anfield in 2004.
“This win shows the power and strength of the Premier League,” said Benitez.
“We have fine clubs who are among the best in Europe, a league that is the same and players of quality who are some of the best in Europe.
“For us the Champions League is a bit easier because we can be concentrated in two games. In the Premier League the top three English clubs are tough and it is hard every game,” he told a news conference.
“The difference is the Premier League is for nine months.”
Inter coach Roberto Mancini revealed after the game that he would be leaving at the end of the season.
Benitez laughed off suggestions Inter may try to recruit him and said he was happy at Liverpool.
“We have a better squad than before. For me the most important thing is that the team is winning in the Champions League every year,” he said, adding he had no preference regarding to Liverpools’ opponents in the quarter-finals.
“I don’t have a preference, I would be really pleased to play the final, if it is against an English (team) then better.”
Defender Jamie Carragher, who was making his 100th appearance in Europe on Tuesday night, insists Liverpool have proved they can win the Champions League again by beating Inter.
“We’ve beaten possibly the best team in Europe,” he said.
“On domestic form they are top of their league and have only lost one game. But we’ve proved it again. We’ve proved in the last three years we are as good as anyone in Europe.”