Benitez told the club’s official web site, “City have two games in hand, and that’s important – but they have to win them. We just need to concentrate on the next game, which is against them and will be a massive game.
“Still I have the same idea – it will be a long race and we have to keep going.
“It’s a very important game but even if we win we’ll have to keep winning games.”
Benitez added that his side’s experience will stand them in good stead, and looked forward to the return of several key players from injury for the final stage of the season.
“With the experience we have we know to take one game at a time. You cannot waste too much time because you can’t control other games.
“We have two or three very difficult games on paper but every game is tough in the Premier League.
“It’s important to have all the squad available, not just because players like Torres and Yossi and Johnson are important – but also for the competition in each position.”