Villa v Bradford blog: Benteke won't freeze in red-hot cup semi
Paul Brown 'hails' Christian Benteke.
21st Jan 2013
Villa v Bradford blog: Benteke won't freeze in red-hot cup semi


Christian Benteke did some serious swatting-up on the history of Villa when he found out they were interested in signing him.

After several hours of online research just before his arrival, Benteke gave his verdict - Villa have a "great story."

Benteke was thrilled to read about the club's impressive standing in the game in the days preceding his move and, despite erroneous quotes attributed to him some months later by foreign reporters, he was more than aware of the stature and geography of the club billed by the Daily Mirror this week as "the country's first football megapower."

It was undoubtedly these factors that made him put pen-to-paper.

The 22-year-old now has the chance to help write new chapters.

It's only his first season and Villa have a chance of reaching the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.

Benteke has already played a big part in the team's progression through to the semis of the competition, not least in the matches at Swindon and Norwich, where he was unstoppable.

Now it's the second leg of the last four encounter with Bradford City and Benteke is going to be a big mover and shaker in the titanic tie.

Benteke is self-motivating, a player who produces the goods whatever the occasion.

But even the Big Belgian will be inspired by the atmosphere.

Paul Lambert, usually a low-key orator in his press conferences, ditched the moderate musings to talk of the potential for a "magical, rocking, intimidating and unbelievable environment."

Villa fans will look to Benteke to be the irresistible force with the might of B6 behind him.

The powerful forward didn't score at Valley Parade but he had several good chances to do so.

Now he's extra pumped up to make the difference and help Villa reach Wembley.

"For us, it is a great chance to go to Wembley. I want to go for a second time there. I was there with Belgium but only on the bench," Benteke said.

"Now I want to be there on the field. Wembley is an amazing stadium and a lot of great players have played there.

"We know what we have to do and want to win this game. It is going to be a massive chance for us and the club. I like it when you have a lot riding on the matches and extra motivation."

Since the first-leg, he's scored a stunner at West Brom and that goal will have boosted his confidence ahead of this deciding duel.

Benteke absolutely loves scoring goals.

"All I ever wanted to do was be a striker," he told the Villa News & Record earlier this season.

He adores the importance of his super strikes - of which a goal against Bradford would be his No.1 - but also the feeling it gives him.

"The beauty of football is that when you score, you enter into a world of your own for the next few seconds. You're in your own little place of happiness and pride. It is a very special moment."

It's fair to say, if he bags the winner against the Bantams he'll be hard-pushed to keep the claret and blue faithful out of his spiritual sanctuary, such will be their decibel levels!

Snap up your tickets for the Bradford clash.

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