Rafael Benítez

Spanish association football player and manager

Rafael "Rafa" Benítez Maudes (born 16 April 1960) is a Spanish football manager, and former player. He is currently manager of Dalian Professional F.C.

Rafael Benítez, 2012


We don't need to give away flags for our fans to wave (2012)Edit

Rafael Benítez in: ESPN staff "'We don't need to give away flags for our fans to wave'" on espn.co.uk, November 23, 2012.

  • We don't need to give away flags for our fans to wave - our supporters are always there with their hearts, and that is all we need. It's the passion of the fans that helps to win matches - not flags.
  • The key to them is Abramovich. The only difference I see between Mourinho and [Avram] Grant is in their press conferences! I watched the game at Everton and they were playing the same as they always did. The media might miss Mourinho, but not me.
  • I'm sure Chelsea do not like playing Liverpool. When they are talking and talking and talking before the game it means they are worried. Maybe they're afraid?
  • To me, Arsenal played much better football two or three years ago. They won matches and were exciting to watch. They create excitement so how can you say Chelsea are the best in the world?
  • We were good friends until Liverpool started winning, then he [Mourinho] started changing his mind.
  • I asked for a table and they bought me a lamp.
    • Benítez describing transfer dealings by Valencia's sporting director Jesus Pitarch while he was coach at the club

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