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Benteke out to repay Lambert

Christian Benteke admits he is keen to repay the faith shown in him by Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert.

Last Updated: 22/04/13 at 19:34 Post Comment

Christian Benteke: Out to repay Paul Lambert's faith in him

Christian Benteke: Out to repay Paul Lambert's faith in him

Belgian striker Benteke has been a revelation for Villa since his arrival from Genk last summer.

The 22-year-old's performances have reportedly attracted the interest of a number of Villa's Premier League rivals.

Benteke has revealed Lambert played a big part in persuading him to move to Villa and he is happy with how his first season has gone at the club.

"I like to give my all and do my job, and I have to give back to him for what he has given me," Benteke told the Birmingham Mail.

"I was keen to come here because the manager was so keen to have me here. It's different when people want you.

"If you come for yourself it's difficult, so it's better when someone wants you. Since I was young it was my dream to come here and to play in the Premier League.

"I think I have had a good start and I am full of confidence. For everybody, for me and for the club and for the fans, I think it has been good."

Villa are fighting for their lives at the wrong end of the Premier League table, but Benteke insists he does not fear the pressure of being involved in a relegation battle.

"This is the best league in the world and it's normal that there will be pressure surrounding the games," added Benteke. "If I was scared of pressure, I'd be playing ping-pong!

"We can't be satisfied to be where we are in the league but we know we can do something about this.

"We believe in ourselves, we believe in each other, the manager believes and the fans are behind us.

"We are growing as a team, we know we have to do our job and we will.

"We're a good team. Sometimes we have been unlucky in games but we are learning and growing together and it will take time with this team.

"Sometimes we play well but we have not won the game. This happens. Sometimes you have to win the game when you don't play well but you learn this."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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