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Rafael Benitez relishes Anfield return

Updated: Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 17:38 | Comments

Rafael Benitez's side are in a battle for a top four finish
Rafael Benitez's side are in a battle for a top four finish

Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez is looking forward to making a sentimental visit to his old stomping ground when the European champions take on his former club Liverpool in the Premier League.

Benitez was in charge at Anfield from 2004-10.

He twice reached the final of the Champions League and won Europe's elite club competition in unforgettable style in 2005 when his team came back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with AC Milan and triumph on penalties.

"I will be going back home because Liverpool is where my family live now," the Spaniard told reporters.

"I was there for six years, I have very good memories so I cannot hide that I will be really pleased to go back to see a lot of friends."

Benitez, however, said his attention would not be diverted from third-placed Chelsea's need to consolidate their Champions League qualifying position for next season.

"The main thing for us is to stay in the top three and to win at Liverpool - after that I wish them all the best," he added of his former team.

"If they can win all their games for the rest of the season, fantastic, but as a professional I am sure they will try to win and we will try to win."

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