Thursday 18 January 2018

Villa star Christian Benteke: We're not safe from relegation

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke
Aston Villa's Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke insists it is "risky" to consider Aston Villa safe and urged them not to relax ahead of the FA Cup semi-final.

The in-form striker is eyeing a Wembley win against Liverpool on Sunday when they face the Reds in the last four.

But he has told Villa they must secure Premier League survival as well with five games left.

Benteke scored the winner in Saturday's 1-0 victory at Tottenham which lifted Villa six points above the relegation zone.

It was his eighth goal in eight games under Tim Sherwood but the hitman warned Villa they need more than one more win to survive.

He said: "The more the better, I think it's risky to say we can take three points and we're finished. We have to try to win every game.

"Saturday was a massive three points because now we're six points clear of QPR so it's very important for us to be far off them."

The Belgium international missed last summer's World Cup after rupturing his Achilles a year ago and only returned in October.

And, ahead of Sunday's clash, the 24-year-old admitted playing at Wembley will be the biggest game of his career.

"For the moment, yes," he said. "It (missing the World Cup) was hard but now it's in the past, I'm looking forward to playing the semi-final.

"Liverpool are a good team but the thing with the FA Cup is it's still something special. It's 50-50 for me but some will say they are favourites."

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