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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 May 2007, 22:19 GMT 23:19 UK
Benitez was confident of success
Rafael Benitez
Benitez gets his point across during Liverpool's win at Anfield
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez insists countless hours on the training ground were behind their penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in the Champions League.

The Reds trailed 1-0 after the first leg of the semi-final but forced extra-time and scored every one of their spot-kicks to reach the final.

He said after the 4-1 shoot-out win: "We had confidence because our players practice in every training session.

"Pepe Reina is a player who is always good with penalties."

606: DEBATE

Benitez also hailed the impact of the Anfield crowd: "Every player and every supporter deserves the win - the atmosphere was amazing."

Skipper Steven Gerrard was overjoyed after guiding his side to their second Champions League final in three years.

The manager's tactics, everything was spot on

Steven Gerrard

"The first time round was special but to do it again after being a goal down to a magnificent team like Chelsea is unbelievable," he said. "Together we achieved it.

"The atmosphere helped, the manager's tactics, everything was spot on. But we crossed the line and we stuck together.

"We have the best goalkeeper in the world. But all credit to Chelsea."

Kuyt, who scored the crucial penalty, added: "It was very special for me - it will be my first final in my first year at Liverpool.

"We just believed in it. Pepe Reina was fabulous."

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