Rafa Benítez Highlights before Tottenham

Here are some comments about the Tottenham game and other issues made by Rafa in the press conference today

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"I am happier than I was before. I am pragmatic and realistic. We are better equipped for the challenge now. I knew we were trying to things all month, like with Lukaku, but in the end we signed 2 offensive players who have a real desire to do well".

"I thought not to speak about transfers was the best thing to do during the window. Now we are finished, we can talk about Tottenham, carry on and move forward".

"I feel balance. I am quite pragmatic. I am happier now than one week ago. Why? We beat Man City and we brought in 2 players. These offensive players give us something we didn’t have. Now we are better than we were before.. Hopefully they give us what we’re expecting ".

"Maybe some people didn’t understand my approach, but I was trying to do my best for the city. Everything can affect our confidence and mood. I tried to stay calm. In the end we did it, and now I will try to keep us up".

"We are signing 2 players without experience in the PL. We know it may take some time. We are signing Almiron for not just this month, even if we need him now, he is here for 5 years. He can play in different positions, as a No 10 and a winger and he has pace."

"Barreca is an offensive full-back who has pace and a good left foot. Almiron is quick & creative. They are 2 players who give us something different."

"Some people said: ‘Rafa will not stay unless they sign players.’ No, I will stay balanced & make a decision later, it doesn’t have to be now. We have plenty of time to sit down & talk. I am just focusing on Tottenham & that’s it for now."

"I did not have time to speak to [Mike Ashley] yesterday. I was working late & I don’t know if I need to. Now I’m concentrating on Spurs. We have time to talk. I have no problem [if he wants to talk face to face]."

"Players like Murphy who were working really hard, he needs to play. I am really pleased for him. We had been thinking he might go if we brought players. Hayden is happy now because he’s playing. Aarons, Sterry & Lazaar, they need minutes too, so it is good for them."

"Diame has been training but is not ready for this game. Joselu has been training. Dummett, Ki, Elliot & Shelvey are very close now. Hopefully they will be available against Wolves.” Barreca is in the squad. Almiron ineligible as still to get his visa."

"I saw the messages (from Liverpool fans), but I have to respect Man City fans. My connection with #lfc fans is there, but it I am really pleased to hear they remember me. The best thing was to get 3 points."

"They have injuries. But we had injuries against Man City too. They have players who play in the national team. Pochettino deserves credit, but it doesn’t matter if they lose one or two players. They are still strong".

"At the end of the transfer window everyone is busy. Overall I think the good thing is January is finished. It should be a shorter window and just 15 days, then we can focus on games. But the last 2 days have been busy and we have an important game."