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Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez believes the influx of foreign investment in the Premier League will see managers put under more pressure than ever before.

It is less than a week since Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG) took control of Manchester City, yet already Mark Hughes' future at the helm has been cast into uncertainty.

After splashing out £32million on Brazilian superstar Robinho, the Arab firm are certain to view any perceived failure in a particularly harsh light - just as Roman Abramovich has done at Chelsea.

Benitez understands as well as anyone the troubles that come with a change of ownership, his job at Anfield having come under threat several times since the arrival of American investors Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

And the Spanish tactician believes clubs like City will find it especially difficult to translate mass spending into on-field success.

"If the owners of the clubs keep on spending big, big money, then they will want more and more success. But how many teams can win the title? Just one," Benítez told The Guardian.

"So the rest of the teams who spend big money, the owners will realise they haven't won, so it could be more pressure and more problems for everyone.

"City will start the season under pressure from the first minute, but everyone knows you can't win every game. It will be a problem because four or five teams will spend big money, and only one can win."

Benitez took the reigns at Liverpool in 2004 and although he has enjoyed consistent success in cup competitions, the club are yet to break their 18-year drought in the league.

Despite spending heftily in recent years, the Reds have failed to make much headway in their pursuit of front-runners Manchester United and Chelsea.

And Rafa, who won two La Liga crowns with Valencia, confessed that the ever-increasing number of big-spending clubs is making it even more difficult to close the gap.

"As a manager, you have to analyse things properly, because you aren't a fan. You can't just say what people want to hear," he continued.

"The Premier League is becoming more and more difficult because so many people are spending money. For us to qualify for the Champions League for five years in a row is important for a club of our stature.

"We want to win trophies, and to win the Premier League would be amazing. But it's not easy."
 
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