Aston Villa's Christian Benteke: 'I can handle the pressure'

Benteke: 'I can handle the pressure'
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Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is confident that he will able to manage the weight of expectations on his shoulders going into the season.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is adamant that he can handle the pressure of expectations going into his second season in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old scored 19 goals for Paul Lambert's side in the last campaign and was subject of much speculation this summer before penning a new deal at Villa Park.

He told Sky Sports News: "I feel good, I feel really good. I expect myself to do better than last season.

"As a striker, a lot of people are waiting for me. The fans are waiting for me. So the pressure is going to be bigger around me but this is football and I accept that.

"I can take that. I am young. I am confident. This is part of football. You have to be able to handle this pressure. This is the life I have chosen so I am happy to take this on. I love it."

Villa begin their Premier League campaign against Arsenal on August 17.

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke and Luton Town's Solomon Taiwo battle for the ball during a friendly match on July 23, 2013
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