Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has told The Sun that opposition players ‘fear’ him.
The Belgium international has recently returned to form and will be a key player for Villa against Liverpool in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday.
“People fear me again,” the 24-year-old told The Sun. “I can feel it. My confidence is high and I go on the pitch believing I’ll score in every game.”
Benteke is one of the better strikers in the Premier League, and he is a rejuvenated figure under new Villa manager Tim Sherwood.
The former Genk star scored the winner against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Saturday and a hat-trick against Queens Park Rangers at Villa Park earlier this month.
The Belgian has suffered with injury problems, but he now seems to be fully fit and determined to make up for lost time.
Liverpool are not exactly in great form at the moment, and Brendan Rodgers’s side will have to be extra careful against Benteke.
Villa will be keen on getting the better of their Premier League rivals and progressing to the final of the FA Cup.
Playing at London’s Wembley Stadium is a dream for many players, and one suspects that Sherwood will drill into his team just how prestigious it is to win a FA Cup semi-final tie at the famous ground.