Rafa Benitez & Champions League

Rafael Rafa Benítez Maudes (born 16 April 1960) is a football manager, and former player. The Champions League Twenty20, also referred to as the CLT20, is an annual international Twenty20 cricket competition played between the top domestic teams from major cricketing nations. 5.0/5

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Congrats to Newcastle & Rafa Benitez who have been promoted back to the PL. Here he is with the Champions League trophy…
Rafa Benitez is the only manager in history to have won the UEFA Cup, Uefa Super Cup, UEFA Champions League and FIFA Cl…
Rafa Benitez as the new Leicester Manager - Champions League winner and almost kept Newcastle up
From Leicester in the Champions League, to Rafa Benitez in the dugout at Burton Albion, next season is going to be a strange one.
I still love Rafa Benitez, the man won us the Champions League with Djimi Traore and Steve Finnan playing full backs
Shower! Rafa Benitez's damning words to Djimi Traore at half-time of Liverpool's Champions League wi...
Rafa Benitez talks about Steven Gerrard's decision: "If I could think of one word to describe Steven Gerrard it would be ‘passion’. He was my captain at Liverpool Football Club for six seasons and we worked closely together to develop a side that could win the Premier League and the Champions League. Without Steven we could not have achieved the incredible success that we enjoyed throughout those years." "The ‘Miracle of Istanbul’ was only possible because of him. Steven inspired the team that night, refusing to believe it was an impossible job at half time against AC Milan. He led the charge with a wonderful headed goal and showed the determination needed to win a penalty for our third goal. And when called upon to sacrifice his position on the pitch for the team he didn’t hesitate. It was the perfect stage for him to showcase his talents, and Steven and the other Liverpool players were rewarded with the European Cup. He nearly always thrived on the big occasion, producing one of the great FA C ...
Meltdown mode at Napoli. Just one win in four games & no Champions League. Luciano Spalletti emerging as candidate to replace Rafa Benitez.
Swansea striker Michu is set to join Napoli on a one-year loan deal as the Spanish exodus at the Liberty Stadium begins. Michu joined Swansea from Rayo Vallecano in a £2.2million deal in the summer of 2012 and was an instant hit, finishing the season as the club's top scorer with 22 goals. The Spaniard struggled with knee and ankle injuries last season, playing just 15 times in the Premier League, and he is now heading for the exit door. Stoke had been linked but it is Napoli boss Rafa Benitez that looks set to sign him for a year to boost his strike options, and Michu could find himself playing in the Champions League. Napoli finished third in Serie A last season to qualify for Europe's premier club competition.
Despite coming close in both the Premier League and the Champions League, Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side have ended the season empty- handed. The second coming of the “Special One” at Stamford Bridge has so far yet to produce any silverware. But with Roman Abramovich being notoriously trigger-happy, is Mourinho actually lucky to still be at Chelsea? There should be no doubt that the “Special One” has underachieved this season and it is surprising that it hasn’t been discussed more widely. Although they figured more prominently in the title race this time around, Mourinho could only match Rafa Benitez in guiding Chelsea to third place. While the Former Liverpool manager delivered the Europa League and FA Cup in his interim spell last season, defeats to Atletico Madrid and Manchester City ended any hopes of success in the most recent campaign. For the first time in eleven seasons, the Portuguese manager has failed to finish in the top two of the respective domestic league. It is an impressive reco ...
Arsenal Urged To Act Fast To Land £17m Midfielder – Report Reports today claim that Arsenal will have to move fast if we want to land Southampton ace Morgan Schneiderlin as Napoli have now entered the chase for the talented midfielder. Schneiderlin has been widely tipped in the media to be one of Arsene Wenger’s key targets for this summer as the boss looks to bring in a long-term replacement for Mikel Arteta. Arsene warned last week that he didn’t expect to do any serious business before the end of the World Cup. However, the Mirror claim we’ll have to act quickly if we want to land Schneiderlin as Napoli have also identified the 24-year-old as a potential new recruit this summer. Rafa Benitez is understood to be a big fan of the Frenchman’s and wants to lure him to Italy to anchor his midfield after securing Champions League qualification again for next season. Schneiderlin has been hugely impressive in the Premier League over the two seasons so it’s no wonder he’s starting to attract int ...
Arsenal are set to battle it out with Napoli over the signature of Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. The Gunners have been paying close attention to the Frenchman throughout the season, but may be pipped to the post by Rafa Benitez, who’s looking to strengthen his side after securing Champions League football next season. Wenger sees Schneiderlin as a potential replacement for Mikel Arteta, but will need to act fast to land the former Strasbourg youngster, who would cost around £17million. -JCon
“He talks too much,” (Mourinho) Later, with the most expensive squad at Real Madrid, he did nothing in the Champions League.- Rafa Benitez
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Jose Mourinho had the chance to join Liverpool in the 2000s and build a legacy there instead of moving to Chelsea. The Portuguese manager will feel vindicated by his choice, having won two Premier League titles with the Blues in consecutive years since being inculcated into the team by Roman Abramovich. However, Liverpool were also rewarded for keeping faith in Rafa Benitez who helped them win the Champions League during that period. Meanwhile, in the current season, Rodgers, who was Mourinho's assistant during his time with Chelsea, is set to beat his mentor to the Premier League title with the Reds. Liverpool are currently nine points ahead of Manchester City and five ahead of Chelsea, though City have two games in hand over their rivals in Merseyside. A win over Chelsea in their upcoming game at Anfield will pretty much seal them the title - Liverpool's first in over 24 years. Rodgers believes that Liverpool's situation could have been much different if Mourinho had ta ...
MOU THE GREATEST MOTIVATOR.. 5 Reasons Why Chelsea Boss Jose Mourinho Is the Master Motivator 1 of 7NEXT » Jose Mourinho's Chelsea return hasn't been without it's trials and tribulations this season, but with the Blues going strong in the Premier League and Champions League, it's clear the impact he has had at Stamford Bridge. There's a renewed sense of harmony in west London, with chants from the terraces these days being far more positive when it comes to the manager—unlike seasons past where fans had called for the head of Rafa Benitez and others. Mourinho has got Chelsea moving in the right direction again and a big part of it surrounds his motivation of the players and fans alike. He has reinstalled the notion they are all in this together, that all those at the club win and lose together. But how has he done it? Bleacher Report lists five reasons why Mourinho is the master motivator. WAIT FOR THE REST IN PIECEMEAL.
Rafa Benitez: "Mourinho talks too much. At Liverpool I knocked his Chelsea out of the Champions League when we had half the money."
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Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho continued their feud this week. Mourinho said Chelsea didn't have a good campaign under Benitez last season, despite winning the Europa League and finishing third. Benitez responded with: "Mourinho speaks a lot about a lot of people, but I prefer to talk about the facts. At Liverpool we eliminated his Chelsea from the Champions League with a team that cost half as much as his side."
Rafa Benitez is much more successful coach than Arsene Wenger because with three different teams in not 18 years but much less he won the same number of trophies as Arsene Wenger. 1) CF Valencia - 2001-2002 Spanish Champion, 2003-2004 Spanish Champion, 2003-2004 The Winner of Cup UEFA ( now Europa League ) 2) FC Liverpool - 2004-2005 The Winner of Champions League 3) FC Chelsea - 2012-2013 - The Winner of Europa League The problem with the fans of Arsene Wenger is that they try to convince that the winning of English Premiership is worth more than winning of Champions League which is of course utter nonsence due to knowing that in Champions League play the Gians like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona FC which means how much stronger is that competition than the ordinary English Premiership.
Mourinho: Chelsea are up there with best teams in the world... and let's hope United can join us in quarter-finals Jose Mourinho declared Chelsea were back among Europe’s elite after they cruised into the Champions League quarter-finals. First-half goals from Samuel Eto’o and Gary Cahill secured a 3-1 aggregate win over Galatasaray as Chelsea succeeded where Manchester City and Arsenal had failed last week — by taking their place in Friday’s last-eight draw. Chelsea were knocked out in the group stage last season before going on to win the Europa League under Rafa Benitez. Cool character: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is happy they have reached the Champions League quarter-finals First blood: Samuel Eto'o (top) scored Chelsea's opening goal in their 2-0 second leg win against Galatasaray But Mourinho said: ‘It’s different from last season because last season was the Europa League, a different level. To come from the Europa League to the quarter-finals of the Champions League is important for the ...
Imagine winning the Champions League with Djimy Traoré at left back. Rafa Benítez that.
Mourinho: I'd return to Inter after Chelsea! Jose Mourinho admits he would consider a return to Inter if Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich no longer wanted him at Stamford Bridge. The 51-year-old spent two seasons with the Italian club and left in 2010 having won Serie A, the Champions League and the Coppa Italia in his final campaign. "Right now I'm fine at Chelsea, but in the future Abramovich could decide that my adventure here is over," Mourinho told Mediaset. "That day I could go back to Italy and it's normal for me to think about Inter. But only Inter, not another Italian club." Mourinho joined Real Madrid after his spell at San Siro, before returning to Stamford Bridge last summer to takeover from interim coach Rafa Benitez.
Jose Mourinho 's warpath continued as the Chelsea manager played down the success of Roberto Mancini and Rafa Benitez during the build-up to his club's Champions League showdown with Galatasaray ...
Swansea earned a hugely creditable 0-0 home draw with Serie A side Napoli in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 contest at the Liberty Stadium. Rookie Swans boss Garry Monk was up against UEFA Champions League winner Rafa Benitez, with the Welsh side comfortably the better side on the night, but unable to make the most of the chances they created. Napoli, who dropped into the Europa League after finishing behind Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal in the Champions League despite claiming 12 points from their group stage campaign, will be favourites to progress with the second leg on home turf, but were fortunate to depart with a clean sheet. Napoli carved out the first chance with only five minutes gone and Michel Vorm was called upon to produce arguably the best stop of the half, plunging away to his left to push a stinging low shot from Marek Hamsik wide of the target. Swansea were a whisker away from taking the lead with only six minutes gone as Nathan Dyer's curling first-time effort from the ...
Mourinho's top-level coaching career, an A to Z of his greatest controversies over the last decade ... A is for ambulances:When Petr Cech suffered a severe head injury after clattering into another player at Reading, Mourinho pointed the finger at the ambulance service and claimed that their slow reaction could have proved fatal for his goalkeeper. "Thirty minutes in the dressing room, waiting for an ambulance ... If my goalkeeper dies in that dressing room, it is something English football has to think about," the Portuguese raged. The reality, however, was rather different: the ambulance arrived after seven minutes and within 19, Cech was already in hospital. B is for Benitez:Mourinho and Rafa Benitez have never seen eye to eye and their rivalry was not restricted only to the pitch during the Portuguese's time at Chelsea and the Spaniard's spell at Liverpool, when the Reds beat the Blues in two Champions League semi-finals. Later, Benitez replaced Mourinho at Inter and the Portuguese poured scorn on his ...
LONDON EVENING STANDARD Arsene Wenger has dropped the clearest hint yet that he will sign a new contract to remain at Arsenal. Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen has suggested Arsenal's title chances could be hindered because of their predictable playing style. MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS Manchester United midfielder Anderson has had his medical ahead of a January move to Fiorentina. Barcelona could be without Neymar for their Champions League game against Manchester City after the forward suffered an injury on Thursday. LIVERPOOL ECHO Rafa Benitez has backed Liverpool to seal a return to the Champions League this season. NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE Newcastle United are understood to be set for a warm weather training camp in the Middle East next week. THE JOURNAL Director of football Joe Kinnear has gone to Germany to try to make Luuk de Jong his first buy, but other targets are set to elude Newcastle United. SUNDERLAND ECHO Lee Cattermole has challenged boyhood team-mate Adam Johnson to be Sunderland's match-winner on ...
Transfer Talk Views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Manchester United FC... 1/12/13: The Sunday People suggests United have made a £3million offer for Ryan Gauld, the Dundee United teenager. It is claimed the SPL club want double that amount and even the promise of three pre-season friendlies against the Tangerines would not convince them to sell. Real Madrid are also being linked with the talented forward. 29/11/13: Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus was scouted by United during the midweek Champions League win over Napoli, according to The Times. The Germany international midfielder scored in a 3-1 victory against Rafa Benitez's side. 29/11/13: The Scottish Sun reckons United are despatching a delegation north of the border on Friday night to watch Dundee United's highly-rated teenager Ryan Gauld. The Tangerines take on Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup with a posse of scouts certain to be in attendance but the tabloid claims David Moyes is leading the chase for his sig ...
Mourinho to sign up world class star to big Chelsea deal. Club Captain John Terry is playing his way towards a new contract at Chelsea. The central defender – an iconic figure to the Stamford Bridge fans – has impressed manager Jose Mourinho this season and the indications are Terry will be offered a new one-year deal before the end of the current campaign. Terry was 33 earlier this month and Chelsea have now adopted a policy of 12-month contract offers to those in the 30-plus age group. That was the case with Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole. But, while the talks with those England internationals were drawn out and generated talk of them leaving, the managerial circumstances have changed. The last two bosses at Chelsea were Roberto Di Matteo – who was sacked months after winning the Champions League – and Rafa Benitez, who was always in charge on a temporary basis. (Daily Mirror) The man deserves a New Deal, as he has been solid once again this year. - [via MIUSOCCER]
Rafa Benitez is hoping to lure Liverpool defender Daniel Agger to Napoli on a loan deal. Newcastle United are inching closer to a loan deal for Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha. Malky Mackay's relationship with Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan fell to a new low on Monday night as the Malaysian billionaire launched a public attack on his manager. Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou is a January target for both Liverpool and Arsenal. Michael Laudrup believes Swansea have been given a mountain to climb in the Europa League having been drawn against Napoli. Kolo Toure believes that Liverpool can give red-hot marksman Luis Suarez just what he wants this season - a trophy. Barcelona are in the unfamiliar position of running scared about facing an English team in the Champions League. Inter Milan's Andrea Ranocchia is attracting the attentions of several Premier League clubs, with Chelsea leading the race for the defender. Romanian youngster Dorin Rotariu is reportedly on Manchester United's radar. Sheffield ...
Napoli are hoping their recently built Liverpool connection will help them land Anfield hero Xabi Alonso. The Real Madrid midfielder is stalling over a New Deal at the Bernabeu and Napoli, currently on course for Champions League qualification for next season, are interested in his services. The Serie A side currently have Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez and goalkeeper Pepe Reina at the club and they are hopeful of reuniting the duo with Alonso in Naples. Also in Napoli's favour is the fact they have two of Alonso's former Madrid team-mates in their ranks - Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon are both playing up front after moving in the summer. Alonso has started a meagre five La Liga matches this season but that is because of a knee injury he sustained in August - the real reason he is open to a move is due to Madrid's careless attitude to his contract situation. The World Cup winner should have been offered a New Deal in the summer but a number of distractions - like the managerial change and the G ...
The Dossier: What Napoli must do to achieve the impossible and beat Arsenal by three goals Rafa Benitez's men face a tough task at the San Paolo, but an effective game plan could see them run the Gunners close for a Champions League knockout place Rafa Benitez has it all to do. As if coming up with a way to beat Arsenal isn’t hard enough, his Napoli side need a three-goal victory on Wednesday if they are to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League. The size of the task, all things considered, is monumental. Since losing to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, the Gunners have been red hot. They lead the Premier League by five points, having won 11 and lost just one of the 14 games that have followed. They smashed their transfer record to bring in Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil, who has quickly become the focus of their slick attack. Add in four victories in five attempts in the Champions League, and Arsene Wenger’s side have exceeded all expectations so far in 2013-14. At the moment, Napol ...
Rafa Benitez has hailed Arsene Wenger as the best manager in the Barclays Premier League ahead of Napoli’s Champions League clash with Arsenal. The Napoli coach, who guided Chelsea to Europa League glory last season, has backed Wenger as the top boss in the country. Despite failing to lift a trophy since the FA Cup triumph in 2005 or win the Premier League since 2004, Benitez believes Wenger is the best.
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TOP CLASS PLAYERS WHO WERE VERY CLOSE TO SIGN FOR LIVERPOOL: Simao Sabrosa - Winger - 2005 from Benfica After Liverpool won the Champions League in 2005 in Istanbul Liverpool and Rafa Benitez targeted Benfica's winger Simao Sabrosa who had scored 22 goals the previous season. As Rafa Benitez revealed in his book Simao Sabrosa was waiting in Airport to fly to Liverpool for medical on deadline day only for the deal to fall through very late due to two clubs failing to agree deal. Nicolas Anelka - Striker - 2002 from PSG Gerard Houllier brought Nicolas Anelka back to Premier League in 2001 in a short-term loan deal from PSG. He didn't really impress during his loan spell but he still managed to show glimpses of brilliance. Houllier had the chance to sign him permanently at the end of the season but he decided not to and instead signed El-Hadji Diouf who was a massive disappointment. Diouf scored 6 goals in 79 appearances while Anelka scored 14 goals for mid-table Manchester City that season. Nemanja Vidic - ...
Inspired by Ozil, Arsenal dare to dream again By Eurosport | Pitchside Europe – 6 hours ago Email Share There may come a time – and it may well be very soon – when we need to have a serious conversation about Arsenal being a very good team again. Pathological underachievers in recent years under Arsene Wenger, the smell of change is in the air at Emirates Stadium, just as surely as the leaves brown and the chill begins to descend at this time of year. A dominant, significant 2-0 win over Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday night showcased this new incarnation of Arsenal at an extremely impressive level – especially in a mesmerising first half as they combined superbly to cut through Rafa Benitez's Italians at will with a torrent of precise passing moves. As he starts his 18th year in charge of the club, the past five or so of which have been fraught with such crushing disappointment, one can begin to detect rumblings that Wenger may have finally constructed a new team worthy of comparison wi ...
Moment decision mana yg pling trbaik? Best ever decisions in sports (via Sky Sports): 1. Sir Alex Ferguson's substitutions in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final. 2. Barcelona deciding to pay the medical fees of an 11-year-old Lionel Messi on the condition that he moved to Spain and signed for the club. 3. Rafa Benitez bringing on midfielder Didi Hamann for defender Steve Finnan in the 2005 Champions League final, helping them fight back to 3-3 before triumphing on penalties. 4. Sir Alex Ferguson deciding to sign Eric Cantona from Leeds United for a bargain £1million. 5. Arsenal appointing Frenchman Arsene Wenger, transforming the team and bringing signings such as Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira.
Rafa Benitez has won 54% of Champions League games as manager (45 out of 84). A better ratio than Arsene Wenger (46%).…
'It's their miss!' Reina believes Chelsea made a big mistake by letting Rafa go Pepe Reina has told Chelsea they made a mistake when they allowed Rafa Benitez to walk away from Stamford Bridge in the summer. Jose Mourinho’s return to the club from Real Madrid proved a huge hit with supporters but Reina believes they may have allowed the best manager to slip through their fingers. 'They never gave him the opportunity to work in peace and still they reached the semi-final of the FA Cup and won the Europa League,' said Reina. 'He finished third and made it into the Champions League, which was by then probably the biggest target, and he did it with all the people against him. 'It proves once again how good he is that even in those conditions he can work very, very well. They’ve got their reasons, good or bad. I can’t read their minds, but it’s definitely their miss.' After six months at Chelsea on an interim basis, Benitez is now in charge of Napoli and returns to London today(MON) ahead of tomorrow ...
RAFA BENITEZ RUES SLOW START AGAINST ARSENAL Goals from Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud saw the Gunners sweep aside their Serie A opponents inside the first 15 minutes to take control of Group F. Rafa Benitez bemoaned Napoli's poor start in their 2-0 Champions League defeat to Arsenal on Tuesday night. The Serie A outfit were two goals down after just 15 minutes of the Group F encounter at the Emirates Stadium, as the Spaniard was consigned to a first professional loss as Partenopei coach. Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil scored the first with a sublime side-footed effort after eight minutes, before then providing for Olivier Giroud to tap home the second. And Benitez was disappointed with his team for losing focus, despite warning his squad of Arsenal's threat before the game. "We started very badly," the Former Liverpool boss told reporters after the game. "When you are 2-0 down early in the game against opponents like Arsenal everything becomes very difficult. "We played a bit better in the second hal ...
Arsene Wenger and his 'obsession' with winning the Champions League:
Champions League: Benitez left to rue slow start - Rafa Benitez was left to count the cost of a slow start as Napoli stumbled out of the blocks in a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.
Rafa's new Napoli are serious Serie A title contenders For the first time since the days of Diego Maradona, Napoli look a serious title challenger once again. A magnificent performance balancing power and panache with belligerence and control saw off AC Milan at San Siro and laid down a marker in their quest for a first Serie A crown in 24 years. As with their victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday, the Partenopei’s win was set up in the tactical brain of Rafa Benitez. Powerful bursts at the beginning of each half led to both of their goals and could have garnered more, and even though a much-improved Milan caused them trouble for long spells of the game they looked extremely solid for the most part and the three points were richly deserved. Benitez has earned every bit of praise that is coming his way at the moment for setting about the task of bolstering the Azzurri as a proper unit, but the players’ ability to take on his direction and produce their recent string of per ...
Rafael Benitez = MR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE The Spaniard's influence is already being shown to full effect by Napoli and Wednesday's convincing performance against Dortmund proves that they're set to excel and excite again. To some, Rafa Benitez remains something of a laughing stock. From his mind games defeat to Sir Alex Ferguson full of "fact, fact, fact" to a six-month spell with Chelsea punctuated from start to end with crowd derision, via a failed attempt to follow Jose Mourinho’s success at Inter, the Spaniard’s flaws have been well covered by football fans and media the world over. Yet anyone doubting his capabilities as a coach has been knocked down a peg or two before now, and Wednesday’s victory for Napoli against Borussia Dortmund in his first Champions League game in charge served as the latest example of what Benitez has in his armoury. Following the loss of Edinson Cavani in the summer, many wondered how the 53-year-old would fill such a massive hole, but his response has been to take Walter ...
Tuesday's gossip column TRANSFER GOSSIP Manchester United are increasingly confident they can bring Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 26, and Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, 24, to Old Trafford this summer after being given private encouragement from both players. United boss David Moyes has also launched a £15m bid to sign Spain Under-21 captain Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona. The midfielder is also being linked with a move to Manchester City. Juventus have been told they must wait until Real Madrid have appointed a new coach before they begin negotiations for Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain. Arsenal are also interested in signing the 25-year-old. New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been told a reunion with Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder will cost £12.75m. The 29-year-old Dutchman played for Mourinho at Inter Milan as they won the Italian domestic double plus the Champions League three years ago. Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina will not be joining former boss Rafa Benitez at Na ...
To illustrate the increased scale of it, the club had used the same Harris Suite in Stamford Bridge's West Stand to announce the appointment of Rafa Benitez in November, but only half the space was used. Reflecting Mourinho's huge personality and profile, this conference was attended by over 250 journalists – more than for either Jupp Heynckes or Jurgen Klopp in the media events the day before the Champions League final. Illustrating the kind of circus it occasionally dipped into, it was preceded by the following request: "Ladies and gentlemen of the press, take your seats. The main event will be starting shortly."
Mario Gomez set to leave Bayern (Submitted by Sports Journalist) Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez's agent says that the Germany international will be leaving the UEFA Champions League winners this summer. The 27-year old still has three years remaining on his contract at the Allianz Arena but he has fallen down the pecking order following the arrival of Mario Mandzukic last year. Manchester City, Chelsea and Napoli are believed to be amongst the teams keen on Gomez and his representative, Uli Ferber, confirmed that he is set for a departure from Bayern. "As far as I am concerned, the trend in the matter of Mario is definitely a transfer. He will be leaving Bayern Munich this summer," he told German sports magazine Kicker. Newly-appointed Napoli coach Rafa Benitez has been linked with a bid for the striker, but Gomez's agent Uli Ferber has not held talks with other clubs as he considers his future. "We have never been discussing a transfer with Napoli," Ferber told Stuttgarter Zeitung earlier in the week. ...
***John Terry isn't guaranteed a place in my new Chelsea side warns returning manager Jose Mourinho*** Defender captained Special One's Blues to two titles, but next season's team will be picked "without looking at status or the past" Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has warned his old captain John Terry is not immune from the axe after his second coming. The Special One is interested in a raid on former employers Porto for 22-year-old centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, which could mean more matches on the bench for defensive war-horse Terry. The 32-year-old - who skippered Mourinho's teams to the title in 2004 and 2005 - found himself among the subs frequently last season as interim manager Rafa Benitez delivered the Europa League trophy and Champions League qualification. Mourinho, who preferred little-known Diego Lopez to Spain captain Iker Casillas in goal during his final months as Real Madrid coach, has warned he will not pick players based on reputation at the Stamford Bridge side. The Special One said: "I am ...
Mourinho is Chelsea bound- Perez Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has revealed that Jose Mourinho will definitely rejoin Chelsea over the summer. The Portuguese said goodbye to the Bernabeu on Saturday night with a 4-2 victory over Osasuna and speculation has been mounting for some time that he will return to Stamford Bridge. Mourinho, 50, enjoyed four stellar years with the Blues between 2004 and 2007 - winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups and an FA Community Shield. He went on to clinch the Champions League with Internazionale in 2010 and won the hearts of Real fans by wresting the La Liga title from arch-rivals Barcelona in 2012 before falling from grace this term and coming to a mutual agreement to terminate his contract. Ricardo Carvalho, who was a mainstay of Chelsea's defence under Mourinho and followed his compatriot to Real, believes that 'The Special One' returning to fill the Blues' vacancy left by the departing Rafa Benitez is a shrewd move for all concerned. Car ...
Chelsea defender David Luiz has waved off the rumours linking him with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona this summer, according to Sky Sports.The 26-year-old has enjoyed a fine season in west London and has been a reported target for the Catalan club recently who look to rebuild their squad in order to mount a stronger challenge for the Champions League next term after being dumped out of the Semi Final this time around by Bayern Munich.   The Brazilian international, who usually operates at centre-back but was deployed in midfield at times by outgoing Blues boss Rafa Benitez, will cause a serious selection headache for the new Chelsea manager, but Barca are looking to him to plug the gaps in their defence.However, despite the persistent links, Luiz has moved to deny the speculation by saying: ”My objective is to be happy and this is possible playing always in a team that controls the ball.“Barcelona is the team that has developed the best football in the last few years.“I know Barca were intere ...
Craig Bellamy on... that golf club, John Arne Riise and what really happened in Portugal In the first fascinating extract from his autobiography, Bellamy tells how Liverpool's infamous Algarve trip descended into chaos. Craig Bellamy’s autobiography, GoodFella, lays bare one of the most notorious incidents in recent English football history. In February 2007, Liverpool travelled to Portugal for a five-day training camp to prepare for their Champions League second round tie against Barcelona. On the last night on the Algarve, Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez allowed the players out for a meal but it was disrupted by an argument between Craig Bellamy and John Arne Riise, whose nickname was Ginge... Ginge was a nice enough lad. He was a bit of a child. He was insanely ­competitive. If there was a competition to see who could ping a shot against the crossbar, he was always mad keen to win it. People used to make a joke of it and say: ‘I bet Ginge could do that’. That night at Vale do Lobo, I was sitting wit ...
MONDAY FOOTBALL HEADLINES ***Chelsea outgoing interim boss Rafa Benitez delivered a parting shot to his Chelsea hate mob by telling them - you’ll miss me now I’m gone. The Spaniard fulfilled hisremit of securing Chelsea a Champions League place, as well as leading them to glory in the Europa League. ***Bayern Munich match-winner Arjen Robben has achieved redemption after the pain of 2012 final and relishes Super Cup clash against his former club Chelsea. Robben's first congratulatory texts to his mobile phone after Bayern Munich's Champions League win were from ex-Chelsea team mates Frank Lampard and John Terry. ***Two first-half goals from Gary Hooper set Celtic on their way to a Cup final win overHibs that sealed a domestic double ***Neymar was booed by rival Flamengo supporters in his last match for Santos ahead of his move to Barcelona next season. ***Radamel Falcao is set to have a medical with Monaco on Monday before moving to the Ligue 1 club for €60m (£51m), according to reports in Spain. T ...
Rafa Benitez has set his sights on managing in the UEFA Champions League next term after bringing his stint as Chelsea interim manager to a close with a second post-season tour defeat to Manchester City on Saturday night.
NEWS UPDATE: - Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has hailed the impact Arjen Robben has made on his side's run to the Champions League final. - Petr Cech and David Luiz have hailed outgoing boss Rafa Benitez and revealed their excitement about the likely arrival of Jose Mourinho. SAQ!
Chelsea finished the season in third place on 75 points after a 2-1 at home win against Everton thanks to goals from Fernando Torres and Juan Mata. With a season that saw automatic Champions League qualification as well as an Europa League title in the books, the focus now moves to improving for next season and the long speculated changes that could be coming. Outgoing interim manager Rafa Benitez thinks that the new manager will have an easier time than he did thanks to the progress they’ve made with young players this year. Benitez said on the Chelsea website, “The team is now much better and the new manager will have an easier task because he will have more quality and experience, and he will start pre-season…With young players we say it is a team in transition with people like Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Marin, Moses. They are new players and they are doing well. They will be even better next year so if you talk about players like Oscar, Hazard, Mata – the three amigos are getting better every day s ...
David Luiz could be the first casualty of Jose Mourinho's second Chelsea reign - the Portguese has concerns about his defendingand Real Madrid and Barcelona are considering a move. - New Manchester United boss David Moyes will battle Chelsea to sign 17-year-old Luke Shaw from Southampton this summer. - But Shaw has told senior Saints staff he wants to stay at St Mary's. - Reading have put a £15m price tag on highly-rated keeper Alex McCarthy as Tottenham are the latest clubto show interest. - Money-bags Monaco are eyeing a move for Aston Villamidfielder Charles N'Zogbia. - Stoke want Rafa Benitez to replace Tony Pulis as the club's new manager. - Gael Clichy says Roberto Mancini can have no complaints at being sacked by Manchester City. - Moussa Dembele believes Spurs have missed out on the Champions League because they took wins overthe smaller teams for granted. - Jose Mourinho will arrive atChelsea with his Special One reputation damaged by Real Madrid’s player-power revolt. - Alan Pardew faces a We ...
  A Review of Chelsea’s Performance in 2012/13 Season Chelsea ended their game-packed season with a 2-1 win against Everton, four days after they won the Europa League trophy – the only one they have won out of the possible seven this season. Apart from being the season with most games for Chelsea, this season was characterized by different events at the club. Among them was the sucking of Roberto Di Mateo and the subsequent hiring of Rafa Benitez, and the early exit from the Champions League. So how can this season be assessed in terms performance? In this review I’ll to analyse and give opinion on the performance of the team, the effect (and performance) of Rafa Benitez, as well as the performance of some individual players.   The team… Chelsea had a chance to add up to seven silverware to their trophy cabinet during the 2012/13 season, that is, the Community Shield, The Uefa Super Cup, the Fifa Club World Cup, the Champions League, the Premiership, the FA Cup, and the League Cup. Howev ...
At least Rafa Benitez has stopped the rot at Chelsea… If they hadn’t won the Europa final, the Blues would have played in eight different competitions this season and have nothing to show for it…Champions League, Club World Cup, Super Cup, Premier League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup, Community Shield and Europa League
Rafa Benitez has revealed his disappointment with Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge. A win would have seen them secure a top four spot but they must now defeat a resurgent Aston Villa on Saturday or see their bid to earn a place in next year’s Champions League go down t...
MATCH DETAILS OF CHELSEA AND MAN U The first half was dominated by the Red Devils as Chelsea endured a torrid first 10 minutes, with Chicharito opening the scoring with a header, before Rooney extended the lead with a fortuitous free-kick. It was truly a tale of two halves, though, as Chelsea controlled the second period, eventually getting their just rewards with a stunning effort from Hazard and a smart finish from Ramires. Sir Alex Ferguson chose to retain the bulk of the side that fell to a disappointing Champions League exit on Tuesday, though he made four changes as Jonny Evans, Shinji Kagawa, Rooney and Chicharito came in, at the expense of Nemanja Vidic, Danny Welbeck, Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie. Rafa Benitez, meanwhile, made wholesale changes as only Petr Cech, David Luiz, Oscar and Frank Lampard remained from the side that fell to a 1-0 defeat against Steaua Bucharest on Thursday, with John Terry, Hazard and Fernando Torres amongst those notably excluded. It took just four minutes for the d ...
Rafa Benitez and Fernando Torres' finest afternoon in English football came at Old Trafford. A Saturday lunchtime in March 2009 saw their Liverpool team pump Manchester United 4-1. United led through Cristiano Ronaldo but Torres was soon terrorising Nemanja Vidic, who was eventually sent off for one desperate challenge too many. It was the same week that the Liverpool pair had shared the joy of destroying Real Madrid 4-0 in the Champions League. Their stock had never been higher. It has never reached those levels since. In different colours, Benitez, the unwanted interim, and Torres, the most public and costly of transfer failures, arrive at Old Trafford off the back of another European night, but a 1-0 defeat to Steau Bucharest finds them at a nadir rather than their 2009 zenith levels. As Benitez grumblingly directed from the sidelines, Torres put in another performance to remind of how risky it is paying £50 million for one solitary footballer. Sluggish and on a wavelength somewhere over the Carpathia ...
Manchester United - Chelsea Preview: Both sides looking to bounce back from European defeats- The Red Devils will be out for blood after their controversial Champions League exit, while the Blues go to Old Trafford having not scored an FA Cup goal at the ground since 1963 Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to make a number of changes to the side that lost to Real Madrid on Tuesday, with Wayne Rooney – surprisingly dropped against Los Blancos – expected to come back into the starting XI. Don't Miss Chris Smalling has started all of Manchester United’s FA Cup matches this campaign, and could partner Jonny Evans in the centre of defence. Antonio Valencia, Anderson and, hat-trick hero against Norwich, Shinji Kagawa should also all return to the side. Phil Jones (ankle) remains sidelined, while Paul Scholes (knee) is a doubt for the match. Midfield enforcer Darren Fletcher (illness) is out for the remainder of the season. Rafa Benitez left Juan Mata on the bench in the Europa League last 16 match against Steaua ...
FIVE POSSIBLE BUYERS OF Wayne Rooney CHELSEA THIS would depend on who takes over from current interim manager Rafa Benitez in the summer. But billionaire owner Roman Abramovich would surely love to see a strike pairing of Rooney and Fernando Torres. Rooney could be just the spark to re-ignite the Spaniard’s faltering career. Man City MONEYBAGS City could easily offer Rooney more money and the chance of competing for all the major trophies at home and in Europe. Rooney would not even have to move house but would face an enormous backlash from United fans. They would hate him for signing for their bitter rivals. PSG THE French club became one of the richest in the world after last year’s takeover by the Qatar Investment Authority. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has promised to invest £100m in the transfer market and the chance to play alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic and possibly David Beckham would appeal. Real Madrid A SWITCH to United’s Champions League conquerors could help swing a move back to Old ...
Good News if Loose  Mourinho set for Stamford Bridge return. (©GettyImages) Jose Mourinho could be on his way back to Chelsea this month if Real Madrid are dumped out of the Champions League by Manchester United tonight, reports the Daily Star. The 50-year-old Portuguese tactician is being lined up by Roman Abramovich for a sensational return to west London, to oversee the Blues' bid for Champions League qualification.  Interim boss Rafa Benitez is proving increasingly unpopular amongst Chelsea supporters, with the team's recent poor run of form adding to the unrest at Stamford Bridge at the moment. Mourinho's future in the Spanish capital has been the subject of much speculation over the past few months, and despite recent improved performances, the Former Chelsea boss remains unhappy at the Santiago Bernabeu. Having lost the support of players and the club's hierarchy, 'The Special One' has found himself under increasing pressure, with Real Madrid currently lying third in La Liga table, 13 points ...
'Former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has refused to rule out a return to the West-London club with interim boss Rafa Benitez announcing he will leave the club in the summer after blasting the club's hierarchy and fans. The Anzhi Makhachkala coach enjoyed a successful three months as caretaker boss for the Blues in 2009, guiding the club to the Champions League semi-finals and an FA Cup final victory over Everton. The 66-year-old is a standout candidate with the beleaguered Spaniard set to depart Stamford Bridge at the season's end, and despite announcing his decision to retire last November, he could carry on if he feels "energetic" enough to do so. "I enjoyed my time [at Chelsea] very much," he told reporters. "I was there almost half a year and in 27 or 30 games, we lost only to Tottenham Hotspur and in the rest achieved good results. On top of that, I really enjoyed working with the group of players. "They have gone through a lot of changes. I'm the only man who wasn't sacked. I said to Dutch televisio ...
Dan Levene: Who is responsible for Rafael Benitez ending up as Chelsea manager? Benitez was appointed 'interim' manager on 21st November, a few hours after Roberto Di Matteo was sacked as Blues boss. I have it on extremely good authority that Chelsea's negotiations with Benitez go back to March 2012 – when the club was keen to appoint him successor to Andre Villas-Boas. At the time, the then caretaker boss Di Matteo's team was greeted at a FA Cup replay at Birmingham with chants of: “Rafa Benitez – you're not wanted here.” There was speculation back then that a tentative approach had been made, but the club back-tracked due to fan hostility. Subsequently it has become clear, again via very senior sources, that the only reason Benitez didn't get the job in March was that he refused to come in as an interim. Fan opposition had nothing to do with it. Di Matteo carried on, winning the FA Cup and Champions League, but even then the club made a second approach to Benitez in the summer. The former Liverp ...
Avram Grant EAGER TO HELP CHELSEA: Avram Grant is willing to take charge of Chelsea should Rafa Benitez be dumped. The Telegraph says a source close to Grant suggests the 58-year-old was monitoring developments with Benítez and would give serious consideration to accepting a second spell in charge if called upon by owner Roman Abramovich. The source added that Grant, who has been spending time with his family in Israel, “really, really wants to help his friends” at Chelsea, should they seek his assistance in ensuring they finish in the Champions League qualification places. IS Avram Grant THE RIGHT MAN??? LIKE/COMMENT AND SHARE
Avram Grant: wins Premier League - gets sacked Roberto Di Matteo: wins Champions League - gets sacked Rafa Benitez: 4th in the Premier League, out of the Champions League already, has a go at the fans, and the board, says he's going to quit anyway. Does not get sacked. At what point are Chelsea fans going to wake up and realise that it's not Rafa that's the problem, it's the man who hasn't got a clue about football, Roman Abramovich?
Tony Pulis, Roberto Martinez, Neil McDonald, Brian McDermott, Martin Jol and Steve Clarke have given their views on Rafa Benitez's comments. Speaking after Chelsea's 2-0 FA Cup win at Middlesbrough, Benitez turned on those who gave him the title of 'interim manager' when he succeeded Roberto Di Matteo in November, and the fans who have never forgiven him for guiding Liverpool to the 2005 Champions League final at the Blues' expense. Benitez's relationship with club owner Roman Abramovich is coming under scrutiny but Tony Pulis said only the Chelsea manager would know what level of support he has. He said: "What goes on at Chelsea goes on at Chelsea - I can't control that. In terms of what Rafa is going through, the best person to talk to is Rafa. "Every manager has a different relationship with chairmen. I have had different relationships with other chairmen at other football clubs to what I have got with Peter (Coates). "I'm very privileged to have the (Coates) family here, who are absolutely fantastic p ...
Ruud Gullit: "Rafa Benitez's main objective this season is to qualify for the Champions League and then to make way for Jose Mourinho.”
John Terry at it again... "We won the European Cup with this team." - Short but sweet, the Daily Mail details a biting response from an unnamed Chelsea player to criticism from Rafa Benitez in a training-ground row on Monday. As the paper's Neil Ashton reports: "After picking up on a comment made by skipper Terry in the dressing room following their defeat at City, Benitez attempted to single him out. Terry defended himself and reminded Benitez that senior players have spoken to him about his managerial methods since he arrived after Chelsea's shambolic defeat in the Champions League against Juventus. A discussion that began with the best of intentions then descended into a heated discussion between the players and the interim coach." Conclusion: Tosser
Rafa Benitez will leave Chelsea for Jose Mourinho after qualify for the Champions League, says Ruud
NEIL LENNON revealed Sir Alex Ferguson taught him how to cope with defeats during a trip to Lennoxtown. And the Celtic boss will be hoping he doesn’t have to call on that advice – after a showdown with Italy’s answer to the Old Trafford boss. Juventus wonderkid Paul Pogba played under Fergie at Manchester United and insists his current boss Antonio Conte is in the same mould. The 43-year-old is now being linked with Chelsea as replacement for Rafa Benitez after winning Serie A in his first season with the club he served as a player. But first up for Conte is the Champions League last-16 showdown with the Hoops and next week’s crucial first-leg tie in Glasgow. The 19-year-old Pogba left the Premiership giants under a cloud when he made the switch to Juve after failing to make the first-team breakthrough – he made seven first team appearances – and Fergie accused him of showing a lack of respect. But his career is now firmly on track as one of Juventus’s most dangerous players. Pogba, who will ...
HOW DID HE GET AWAY WITH THAT, REF? ... Rafa Benitez has words with Howard Webb RAFA BENITEZ let rip at Howard Webb after his Chelsea stint crashed to a new low. The Blues boss was seething after the referee failed to send off Fabricio Coloccini on 31 minutes following a clash with returning hitman Demba Ba. It left the Senegalese ace with a broken nose and Benitez was also adamant it should have been a penalty, which he reckons would have set Chelsea up to win at St James’ Park. Instead the Spaniard watched on in horror as an incredible home debut brace from Moussa Sissoko fired Alan Pardew’s men to a dramatic win. It is now justTHREE wins from 10 games for Benitez and 22 points from the last 13. Considering Roberto Di Matteo was sacked after bagging 24 from 12, no wonder the Blues fans who travelled to Tyneside were singing the name of their former Champions League-winning chief. The Stamford Bridge boss insisted: “We should have got something. Yes, the reaction of the team in the second half was ...
Sissoko downs Chelsea in thriller ESPN staff February 2, 2013 Newcastle new boy Moussa Sissoko scored twice to defeat Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday, as Arsenal greatly aided their pursuit of Champions League qualification with a hard-fought victory over Stoke City. At the bottom of the table, QPR and Aston Villa both picked up draws - against Norwich and Everton respectively - but still saw the gap to safety grow after Reading grabbed a valuable win over Sunderland, while Southampton were forced to settle for a draw at Wigan and West Ham eased any pressure they were feeling with a win over Swansea. Moussa Sissoko paid of a sizeable part of his transfer fee with a superb double to hand Newcastle a precious 3-2 victory over European Champions Chelsea. Sissoko scored the second goal of his fledgling Magpies career in injury time to secure a confidence-boosting victory, running onto Davide Santon's cutback to complete a fairytale home debut as Alan Pardew's side further dented Rafa Benitez's Blues ...
Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez will make a massive fitness gamble on John Terry against Arsenal - because he believes his team lack character and self-belief in games at Stamford Bridge. Benitez admitted after the midweek draw with Southampton that it would be "a risk" to start skipper Terry against Arsenal and one he did not intend to take. Terry has played just half an hour of first-team football since the Champions League defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk on October 23. But Chelsea's dreadful home run - just one win in their last seven league games at Stamford Bridge - means Benitez will throw the captain back into action against the Gunners on Sunday, despite the danger of a recurrence of the knee problem which could endanger his season. Benitez said: "I said I wouldn't take a risk but you have to see your players in every training session and afterwards decide. "On Friday we had a light session because of the the snow, and he was training with the team, doing everything. He had his specific programme and was doi ...
'Fans won't come back till Benitez has gone', insists Chelsea supporters' group The organisation's chairman warns the club is in "turmoil" and that, while they "appreciate" what Roman Abramovich has given to the Blues, the Spaniard is "not the right fit" Chelsea are in "danger of losing the soul of the club" while Rafa Benitez continues as interim manager, according to the chairman of the club's supporters' group. The Former Liverpool boss was put in charge at Stamford Bridge back in November after Roberto Di Matteo was relieved of his post, just six months after winning the Champions League. Many followers of the west London outfit have refused to get behind the new manager, though, and instead continue to chant "there's only one Di Matteo" after the 16th minute of matches, representing the number he wore at the club. Despite a good start on the pitch, including an 8-0 mauling of Aston Villa, recent results have seen the Blues lose to bitter rivals, and Premier League strugglers, QPR, as well as suffer d ...
- Frank Lampard is agonising over whether to break Chelsea hearts by signing for Manchester United this summer. - Rafa Benitez suffered a torrent of abuse from Chelsea fans as Swansea inflicted a humiliating Capital One Cup defeat. -Borussia Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl has warned his team-mates they are by no means favourites to win the Champions League this season. - Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish could make a shock return to Anfield in his old ambassador role. - Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao is ready for an approach from Tottenham. - Sylvain Distin is set to become the latest Everton star to commit his future to the club
Chelsea and Swansea will be looking to establish a first leg lead in their Capital One Cup semi-final. A busy season for the Blues has seen them compete for honours on seven fronts - Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Super Cup, UEFA Champions League, Club World Cup and Community Shield - but they are yet to get their hands on any silverware. Live on Sky Sports vs Chelsea v Swansea January 9, 2013 7:00pm .Remote Record .. The Capital One Cup may not be the most glamorous of prizes, but Rafa Benitez would welcome the opportunity to pick up a major honour during his interim spell as Chelsea boss.
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Chelsea are closing in on the £15m signing of Malaga playmaker Isco, the Sunday People claims. The Spain Under-21star has been one of the key performers in Malaga's impressive Champions League run, and would be Rafa Benitez's second major acquisition of the January transfer window after Demba Ba. We need him? -GD
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Newcastle hitman Demba Ba has turned his back on a move to Stamford Bridge and told Chelsea that he's planning to speak to other clubs. The Senegal striker's representatives met Chelsea officials last night to discuss a £7.5million move - but the two sides were unable to reach agreement over personal terms. The talks were labelled 'unproductive' which has immediately let Arsenal, Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers back into the race. However, last season's FA Cup and Champions League winners are not completely out of the running and could come back in with a better offer if owner Roman Abramovich feels Rafa Benitez's squad needs help up front if they are to mount a title challenge this season. The west Londoners were understood to be offering a double-your-money deal to Ba, 27, who agreed to a basic weekly salary of £20,000 with another £20,000 on top for appearances when he joined Newcastle because medics found issues within his knees. Ba, who has one of the best goal-to-game ratios in world football o ...
Keep a Manager for More Than a Few Months Andre Villas-Boas lasted less than a year. So did Roberto Di Matteo. The latter even won the Champions League and FA Cup. How long, then, will Rafa Benitez remain Chelsea's manager? It probably wouldn't hurt Chelsea to keep a manager for more than a few months, especially if it's the guy Roman Abramovich really wants. It also wouldn't hurt to stop alienating the fans.
MOSES: How impressed have you been? I have to say before Rafa Benitez turned up, most of the talk about Chelsea was one of two things. Firstly the amount of goals we had conceded and how open we had been at the back and secondly, the combination of Mata, Hazard and Oscar - MAZACAR. The attacking threat Chelsea have is immense compared to other teams and we all spent our time raving about finally having the entertaining football that Roman Abramovich has craved in all these years. Rafa came in and apart from his first game in charge, Victor Moses has been an almost ever present in his starting line up and has played a huge part in our up turn in fortunes. Moses has really found his feet and has settled into our way of playing football and credit to him. It can't have been easy coming into our squad having just won the Champions League and then adding Hazard and Oscar to our attacking third. It's been noticeable that Benitez has chosen to rotate either Oscar, Hazard or Mata since he has been here and Moses ...
Dani Pacheco arrived at Liverpool in the summer of 2007 from Barcelona and was widely regarded as one of the brightest prospects in football. Arriving from the youth system of Barcelona, Pacheco was tipped to take the Premier League by storm. Also known as El Asesino, the Spaniard played for Liverpool Reserves initially and he eventually made his Liverpool debut in a Champions League game against Fiorentina as a second half substitute for Alberto Aquilani in late 2009. He further made six more appearances taking his tally to seven first team appearances however failing to score in any of them but he did provide an assist in a Europa League game against Unirea Urziceni. As far his international career is concerned, Pacheco won the Golden Boot at the 2010 UEFA European Under 19 Football Championship scoring 4 goals. So the question which arises in my mind is that why isn’t he playing more games for Liverpool? Why is he always left on the bench? Rafa Benitez, Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish, all of them hav ...
FOOTBALL:- [EPL] Rafa Benitez believes it is only "a question of time" as to whether he can win over Chelsea supporters who have been critical of his appointment at Stamford Bridge following the dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo. The Italian coach was sacked after a 3-0 defeat to Juventus effectively ended the clubs's hopes of defending their Champions League crown, and the Spaniard has been put in place until the end of the season. While the 52-year-old has been subject to a backlash in the stands at every home game, he feels results such as the 8-0 win over Aston Villa will begin to convince fans he is the right man for the job. "I said at the beginning, and I will maybe say the same at the end: my job is trying to bring the best out of players," he told reporters. "Trying to play good football, trying to win games. And I am sure that the fans will appreciate this, and I think we will win together. So it is a question of time." The Blues are 11 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United with a ...
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will reportedly sanction multi-million pound bids for Radamel Falcao and Willian inJanuary. According to the Sunday Express, Chelsea will bid £50m for the Atletico Madrid superstar Falcao and hope to sign Shakhtar Donetsk's Willian for £35m. The report also suggests that the Blues will recall Romelu Lukaku from his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion as they look to bolster their attacking options. Columbian international Falcao has already scored 20 goals this season, including a hat-trick against Chelsea, while Willian has impressed for Shakhtar in the Champions League. Meanwhile Lukaku has scored six goals for West Brom this season, including the winner against Norwich City on Saturday. Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez hinted at potential January signings yesterday, saying that Fernando Torres would welcome competition for places
Luciano Becchio's first-half strike briefly threatened an upset for the hosts but goals after the break from Juan Mata, Branislav Ivanovic, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres wrapped up a convincing win for the Blues. Victory gives Rafa Benitez's chances of bringing silverware back to Stamford Bridge a timely boost, having already presided over exits from the Champions League and Club World Cup. Much was expected of the first meeting between these two historic rivals in over eight years but events on the pitch only served to show the gulf which has emerged between them. Benitez shuffled his pack after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Corinthians, handing Marko Marin and Ryan Bertrand rare starts and recalling Oscar. Neil Warnock, meanwhile, made three changes to the side which defeated Ipswich Town 2-0 on Saturday, with Jamie Ashdown, Jason Pearce and Michael Brown replacing Paddy Kenny, Alan Tate and David Norris. Leeds attacked with conviction from the start but it was Chelsea who conjured the first ...
Frank Lampard has cancelled the season of goodwill in a bid to save Chelsea’s season. The new hardline approach must start against Leeds at Elland Road tomorrow and carry on through Christmas as the Blues battle to pick themselves up off the floor. Defeat in Sunday’s Club World Cup final has put the recent revival under Rafa Benitez into perspective. Chelsea are in transition but cannot hide from the harsh fact they have been hammered in four competitions already this season. Failure in the Community Shield, Super Cup, Champions League and the Club World Cup has knocked confidence and exposed the frailties in the squad. Lampard has delivered a rallying cry to his shattered pals that they must defy jet lag after a 13-hour flight home from Japan and win at all costs in tomorrow’s explosive Capital One Cup tie. He said: “We’ve changed the personnel a bit this year, there has been a bedding-in process and we’ve changed the manager. “We have to pick it up for Leeds. We have to go there and stand ...
Two issues!! Is Chelsea the worst European Champions ever? Knocked out of the Champions League group stage, lost the Uefa Super Cup by 4-1 to Atletico Madrid and now lost the Fifa Club World Cup to Corinthians by 1-0 COMMENT if you think Roman Abramovic will sack Rafa Benitez today?
Oscar insists Chelsea gave their all in failed quest to land the Club World Cup title, with Corinthians fully deserving of their success. Rafa Benitez suffered another frustrating day in the dugout on Sunday, with Chelsea coming unstuck in their efforts to add a global prize to their UEFA Champions League crown. One goal was enough for Corinthians to down the current kings of Europe, with South America prevailing in a cross-continental clash. Oscar was among those unable to raise their game sufficiently against his fellow countrymen, but he is adamant that Chelsea did not take their foot off the gas in a game which could have landed them another piece of silverware. He told Rede Globo: "I didn't think we lacked effort, this happens. "The whole of the Chelsea team need to learn how to play decisive games like this. "Chelsea wanted this title so much, we have been training a lot in London for this competition. But defeat happens. Corinthians played well and deserved to win. "It was a good game, we just didn ...
Monterrey 1-3 Chelsea: European Champions ease through to Club World Cup final Two goals at the start of the second half helped seal Rafa Benitez's side a place in Sunday's showpiece final against Corinthians, as their Mexican opponents faded after the break Chelsea's attacking midfield triumvirate of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata sparkled as the Champions League holders coasted to a 3-1 victory over Monterrey during their Club World Cup semi-final at the International Stadium in Yokohama. A well-taken first-half finish from Mata gave the Blues the lead, before a deflected Fernando Torres strike and an own goal from Darvin Chavez promptly after half-time helped see off the challenge of the CONCACAF champions, although Aldo De Nigris did score a superb consolation late on for the Mexican side. A bright start from the west London side was rewarded in the 17th minute when Mata opened the scoring in style with a sweeping finish after an intricate passing move involving Ashley Cole and Oscar on the left-han ...
Rafa Benitez will be looking for a morale-boosting performance from his Chelsea side in the Fifa Club World Cup. The interim Blues boss has had a tricky few weeks since being installed at Stamford Bridge, to say the least. Unpopular with sections of the support before he even took the job, Benitez's stock fell further when Chelsea failed to win in his first three games in charge. Even a 6-1 win over Nordsjaelland could not lift the gloom as Chelsea left the Champions League at the first hurdle. Although that could not be blamed on Benitez, it seemed symptomatic of his luck so far. However Saturday's win at Sunderland was a welcome shot in the arm, and with Fernando Torres back in the goals, Benitez will be hoping to carry some momentum into the tournament in Japan. Chelsea will be firm favourites to get the better of Monterrey, the reigning CONCACAF Champions League holders, in Thursday's semi-final in Yokohama (kick-off 10.30am GMT). If they do, they will face the winners of the other semi-final, between ...
Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez believes Fernando Torres is gaining confidence after the striker's double against Sunderland on Saturday. The Spanish forward has struggled to find his best form since moving to Stamford Bridge but has recently found form in the Champions League versus Nordsjaelland and now against Sunderland. The Spaniard opened the scoring at the Stadium of Light on Saturday with a fine finish on the counterattack before stepping up for a penalty just before half- time. "The team played well and created chances for Torres to score goals, especially in the first half," Benitez told reporters after his side defeated Sunderland 3-1. "We showed the character and the quality we have, that we can create chances and Fernando can score goals. "We are winning, the team is training really well. You can see with more confidence the things they can do. "Fernando is one of these players; he knows what I want from him and the rest of the team know each other really well so, when we do things well, we get ...
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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes Champions League group stage exit will strengthen Rafa Benitez's side Petr Cech claims Chelsea are better off crashing out of Champions League group stages despite becoming the first holders to fail to reach knockout phase. More news on
Rafa Benitez says Fernando Torres 'can't stop scoring in training'. Maybe Chelsea will win the training Champions League?
Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League club. The 25-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2005 and was part of the team that won the Champions League in May. The Nigeria international has made more than 20 starts for the Blues this season under Roberto Di Matteo and new manager Rafa Benitez.
Rafa Benitez has attempted to deflect more criticism of Fernando Torres' form in front of goal ahead of Chelsea's do-or-die UEFA Champions League game against Nordsjaelland. Several Chelsea managers have tried a similar tactic, such as praising the 28-year-old's work-rate or number of assists, despite his poor scoring return. But Chelsea's current interim boss, Benitez, has now resorted to applauding the most mundane of contributions from the man Chelsea paid a record £50million for almost two years ago - his defending. "It's not just scoring goals," said Benitez when discussing his fellow Spaniard's latest performance at West Ham United. "We changed his position in corners, for example. If you analyse the corners against, he was amazing. "Two or three times he's cleared the ball and afterwards was just doing man-to-man, because it's what he had to do. So, he's helping the team, in this case to defend. "As a striker, you like him to score goals. Winning is the main thing. Fernando will be an important pl ...
Chelsea will be without Frank Lampard (calf) and John Terry (knee), with both expected to be available to face Sunderland at the weekend. Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) is also a doubt but could make the substitutes’ bench. Rafa Benitez has so far appeared to be keen to shake up the trio behind the misfiring Fernando Torres, with Victor Moses and Marko Marin both involved in recent weeks. However, with the Blues in dire need of a victory, the Spaniard could resort to the supporting three that started the season so well. For Nordsjaelland, Jores Okore – who has played every Champions League game for the visitors this season – will sit out after picking up a thigh injury against Esbjerg in November. Ramires, David Luiz, Patrick Mtiliga and Ivan Runje are all one yellow card away from incurring a suspension.
Ahead of the Champions League matches, here is your fix of Today's Football News: - Mancini has confessed he feels sorry for Scott Sinclair ahead of the former Swansea man's upcoming UCL début. "I am sorry for him. He is a good guy who works very well. This is his second chance and I hope he can play a good game." - Phil Neville believes José Mourinho could become the next Manchester United manager after Sir Alex Ferguson retires. However, he has said that he thinks Fergie could carry on going for "the next two or three years." - Chelsea have agreed a deal with Fluminese to sign their teenage wonderkid Wallace. He will join at the end of the Brazilian season. Gromit unfortunately will be left behind. - Rafa Benitez has called Fernando Torres a great defender. You read that right. ZK
Keep an eye on how Harry Redknapp and Champions League/two-time La Liga winner Rafa Benitez are treated this week.
Eden Hazard is upsetting senior Chelsea teammates. The Daily Mail says Chelsea’s players had called Hazard out in the dressing room for his contribution against Shakhtar Donetsk when they squeaked a last- minute, 3-2 win in the Champions League on November 7. Some of the big boys in the Chelsea team have been unimpressed with his work-rate in recent weeks, demanding that little bit more from the Belgium star. No-one at the club doubts his class, particularly when he can point to six assists and four goals since his summer move from France. But he was again hooked yesterday by Rafa Benitez during their draw with Manchester City.
Why everyone is hating on Rafa Benitez is a myth.. Roberto Di Matteo was good but obviously not good enough.. We might not even qualify for champions league, banking on the last game.. But I'm sure Benitez had Torres on fire at Liverpool right ? So stop talking out your culo !.. And didn't he take Liverpool to lift the Champions League Cup in 05' ? .. Give Benitez a chance he's going do good for Chelsea trust !
If ever there were a good time for Manchester City to suffer the humiliation of a second successive Champions League exit it might just have been this week. Chelsea have stolen the thunder that was headed their way. The heat is not exactly off Roberto Mancini but he is probably glad not to be Roberto Di Matteo, or, to extend beyond that, coach of Chelsea. Wednesday's draw crystallised his own position: fail to defend the Premier League title and he will be out on his ear. Even then, he might still be removed if Manchester City win the Pep Guardiola beauty contest. That eventuality might just suit Rafa Benitez, of course, though he starts a new job with his future already bound up in the whims of another man, one he was happy to compliment during a Thursday tea-time unveiling. Pep talk will envelop both clubs until the Catalan has decided his direction, a decision day believed to be months away. With Champions League dreams all but extinguished for both of the country's richest clubs, the comparative munda ...
Torres increasingly isolated at Chelsea over Abramovich favouritism Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is finding himself isolated inside the Blues locker room. The Daily Star Sunday says Torres is a total outcast at Chelsea – with many of his team-mates sick and tired of the ‘special treatment’ the £50million flop receives from Roman Abramovich. Long before Roberto Di Matteo was ruthlessly sacked last week – seemingly for dropping the Spanish striker against Juventus – Blues players were fuming over the favouritism shown to the club’s record buy by its Russian owner. Senior Stamford Bridge stars reckon that Torres is one of the reasons for the dismissal of popular coach Di Matteo six months after the Italian led the club to Champions League and FA Cup glory. But if that was not bad enough, they also believe new boss Rafa Benitez – appointed on Wednesday against the supporters’ wishes – is only in the job because of his past work with Torres at Liverpool. A source close to the Chelsea camp ...
Chelsea - Manchester City Betting Preview: Benitez's arrival may bring a tight game An eventful week for both clubs took a new twist when the Blues unveiled Rafa Benitez as their interim manager. Adam Bate thinks that will impact the betting for Sunday's game By Adam Bate Nov 25, 2012 1:23:00 PM If Aguero scores the last goal, Paddy Power will refund all losing First/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on the match. It’s been just another ordinary week in the lives of two extraordinary football clubs. Premier League champions Manchester City were eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage for the second consecutive season. And while European Champions Chelsea still have a slight chance of qualification, their 3-0 defeat at Juventus saw Roberto Di Matteo axed and immediately replaced by Rafa Benitez. The arrival of the Spaniard puts an interesting slant on Sunday’s league meeting between the two clubs at Stamford Bridge. Will the Blues enjoy an immediate upturn in fortunes f ...
The Real Madrid coach laughed with one of his former players upon hearing the news that his old rival had been appointed Roberto Di Matteo's successor at Chelsea Jose Mourinho and Maicon have been caught on camera mocking Rafa Benitez and his move to Chelsea. The pair - who worked alongside one another when the Portuguese was in charge of Inter - spoke in the aftermath of Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with Manchester City. Mourinho and Benitez had a stormy relationship when the Blancos boss was at Chelsea and the Spaniard in charge of Liverpool. And after Wednesday's Champions League encounter Mourinho was informed of the breaking news at Stamford Bridge and shared a joke with Maicon regarding the move. "Your friend Benitez is going to Chelsea," the Brazilian said to Mourinho, according to La Sexta. The 49-year-old responded: "The fat one? Well then Materazzi should be his assistant." Materazzi had previously revealed how Benitez made him tear down newspaper cuttings from his locker of victories with Mourinho an ...
For the second time in his career, Rafa Benitez replaces the defending Champions League winning manager, the lucky sod, but faces a tough start as league-leading, Europe-exiting Man City visit Stam...
I am just drifting out of a juve-induced coma suffered on a grey Tuesday night at the Stadio Delle Alpi in Torin, only to be fed with the bitter tonic. Roman Abramovich, Chelsea FC's larger-than-life bankroller hires erstwhile Blues bogey-man Rafael 'Rafa' Benitez to the coveted top job of Chelsea Manager. I grimaced, and then gaped in awe dismay, and then became even more angered at the thought of replacing a manager who won the UEFA Champions League by fluke with another who achieved similar feat much earlier in 2005. I hate to say this but 'blue-blood' which depicts royalty does not mix with 'mud-blood.' I know our team was far from perfect but we were a working case in progress. With recent flair and skills coupled with dribbling prowess I felt a level headed manager could have done a decent job. Maybe a Harry Redknapp could have done the trick but definitely not a spent force Rafa Benitez. He has passed his hypnotic prime. Five years ago, his bellicose ego got a better part of him when out of complac ...
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New Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez wished well by old foe Jose Mourinho Telegraph videos are not supported on your device 8:34AM GMT 22 Nov 2012 Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho expresses his support for sacked Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo but hopes for a bright future for the Blues under Spaniard Rafael Benitez. Real Madrid coach Mourinho, speaking after the Spanish champions secured qualification for the Champions League knockout stages after a 1-1 draw against Manchester City, won two Premier League titles for Chelsea before his three-year reign as manager came to an abrupt end in September 2007. With Di Matteo the latest of his Chelsea successors to incur the wrath of Russian owner Abramovich, Mourinho admitted that he could empathise with the Italian, but more surprisingly the Special One also wished ex-Liverpool foe Rafa Benitez well in his new role as Blues manager. “I’m never happy when a manager is sacked – never, because it happens to them and it can happen to me,” Mourinho said. “I’m ...
Di Matteo was ousted from his position just six months after guiding the club to European glory and although poor results in the Champions League have not helped, reports claim that the axing of Torres was the final straw for Roman Abramovich. The Italian decided to leave him on the bench and preferred to play Juan Mata in attack. It was a decision that did not go down well with Abramovich, who swiftly sacked him and brought in Rafa Benitez as interim boss. Despite his departure, Di Matteo does not sound bitter and instead chose to reveal how proud he was to manage the club he loved and win two trophies. "It was an honour for me to be appointed manager of a club that I loved playing for and one that is so close to my heart," he said in a statement issued by the League Managers Association.
Oh No, not Rafa Benitez. It’s like some kind of cruel payback for finally being allowed to win the Champions League. Here’s why we’re sorry to see him at Stamford Bridge...
Chelsea FC can go and rot in *** for all i care, disgraceful club for sacking Roberto Di Matteo, won them the Champions League for the first time ever and this is how they repay him...and to replace him with that fat spanish flog Rafa Benitez, what does he know about winning the league? he used to manage liverpool for christs sake! its mindblowing!
is delighted that Wankchester City are out of the Champions League. Not that they were going to win it anyway. Secondly, I have seen that Chelsea approached Pep Guardiola earlier this week about the managers job, even though RDM was still in the job at the time. Not only that, they sacked him at 4am this morning once they had flown back from Italy & replaced him about 12 hours later with Rafa Benitez? What a disgraceful way to treat someone. After what he has done for them? Unbelievable.
Whose going to want the Chelsea job? If you don't win the Champions League & Premier League every season you're sacked!?! Roman hasn't got a clue about running a football club, he's another rich *** who has too much money & no sense. Rafa Benitez, Guardiola, Redknapp & Steve Clark favourites with Blanc, Zola, Drogba, Shevshenko & Terry also mentioned. Good luck whoever gets it.
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