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Rafa Benitez prefers glasses to handcuffs: "You will never see me doing anything like that," said Benitez. "I will take my glasses on the bench, not handcuffs, because I can't see very well. I think it's easy for a referee to control everything in a game and we have to help him if we can, but it I have got angry at times. I remember once with the Real youth team when I kicked the bench, but I can't do that now because I'm old..."

On the match against Sampodoria tomorrow: ""Sampdoria are an organised team with two very dangerous strikers, so it will be a hard game tomorrow. They will defend well and try to hit us on the counter-attack." This is what Rafael Benitez had to say about the Blucerchiati ahead of Sunday night's Serie A clash at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. It won't be easy to find the right spaces but we will do our best. If we do our job well they will have to defend.

On Cassano: "I was expecting a question about him. He's a quality player. They told me that he likes Inter a lot. He's a player who can play anywhere, in any team, but he's happy at his club."

On Stankovic's injury: "I'm sorry about his injury because he was doing well. I don't know when he will be back. The main thing is that he stopped as soon as he felt pain. Milito is improving every day and I think he could be available next week.

"Thiago Motta is fine. He trained today but I prefer not to take any risks. A problem with Pandev? There's no problem. He has been called up and he has the chance of playing tomorrow."