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Benteke: We Have To Stick Together

2 December 2016

Christian Benteke has issued a rallying cry ahead of the Eagles Premier League home game against Southampton, insisting that hard work and togetherness can help stop the rot.

"The Premier League is the toughest league in the world, so we cannot just stay and complain, we have to move on," said the striker. "That's what we are trying to do this weekend and during training this week, so that we can be ready.

"We're all professional and we know that we are in a tough time, but we can reverse the situation.

"It's all about the team, all about hard work and all about the concentration from the start until the end, then things will change."

The striker turns 26 on the day of the game and will be hoping to cap his day with the three points.

"There is no secret. We have to work hard, we have to stick together," he said. "Obviously we've been conceding goals, but it's not only the defenders it's the whole team, every player has to take responsibility.

"I don't like to speak about luck, but there have been some games where we could have got more than we did."

It's now been six consecutive defeats for Palace, who face a tough test in a Southampton side gaining momentum and looking solid defensively.

"Even when I was at Villa about four years ago Southampton were still in the top ten, that means a lot," said Benteke. "They work well and they have some good players. Now it's up to us to show them what we can do at home and try to get those three points."

Despite the rough patch, Benteke is happy in SE25 and already has five goals to his name, leading the scoring charts for the Eagles. Jason Puncheon has been a key creator of chances for the big Belgian, but it's his relationship with Wilfried Zaha which has really captured the imagination with both players benefiting from the other's good form.

"I'm very happy. Since I've come here I've been very happy, everything's good for me personally and I'm focused on the team. I want to help the team to reach our goal. As a player I want to take responsibility when the team is good and when the team is bad.

"For me he's one of the best players in the team," he said of Zaha. "Wilf creates a lot of dangerous situations and he can make the difference whenever he wants, it's great to have him."

To watch a full interview with Christian CLICK HERE.

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