Rafa blames Reds mistakes

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez blamed a series of mistakes for their 3-1 Champions League defeat to Chelsea, but still believes his side can keep their European dream alive.

The Reds now require something of a miracle result at Stamford Bridge in next week's quarter-final second leg where they will have to score at least three times.

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Liverpool struck first on Wednesday night through Fernando Torres but two goals from Branislav Ivanovic and a third from Didier Drogba put the Blues in control of the tie.

"I was disappointed with the manner of our defeat and the bad mistakes we made at set pieces to allow them two goals," admitted Benitez.

"Now it will be very difficult. We have to score three times at Stamford Bridge, which is a tough call against a very good side.

"For their first goal there were three players near to the scorer and they were not able to stop him. And then something very similar happened for the second, we made bad mistakes at crucial times.

"Now we know we have a difficult task in the second leg. We have to score three times and that will be very difficult.

"But we must believe we can do it. We have scored four at Manchester United so we know what we are capable of.

"Chelsea did not really surprise us and they clearly believe that this is the competition they have most chance of winning now.

"They have won many away games this season but the way we lost was hard to take."

Source : 4thegame

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