Benitez

  • Benitez demands Napoli to improve defence 14-04-2014 12:36 PM

    Rome: Napoli head coach Rafa Benitez urged his side to improve their defence following their 4-2 win over 10-man Lazio at home in Italian football league Serie A. Gonzalo Higuain scored his first Serie A hat-trick in a thriller where Lazio, though reduced to 10 three minutes after the break,...
  • Rafael Benitez hits back at Jose Mourinho 29-03-2014 11:14 PM

    Napoli manager Rafael Benitez hit back at Jose Mourinho on Saturday after the Chelsea boss claimed his predecessor had presided over a poor season for the Premier League leaders. "Mourinho speaks a lot about a lot of people, but I prefer to talk about the facts. At Liverpool we eliminated...
  • Rafael Benitez finds positives in loss to Roma 19-10-2013 02:47 PM

    Rome: Napoli head coach Rafa Benitez insisted that his side performed better in their 0-2 loss at Roma Friday. The Partenopei lost to Roma thanks to Miralem Pjanic's brace at the Stadio Olimpico here, reports Xinhua. "I think the opening 20 minutes was tough for us, then for the rest...
  • Benitez optimistic about Napoli's chances against Roma 18-10-2013 01:01 PM

    Rome: Napoli head coach Rafael Benitez said he was optimistic about his side's chances against AS Roma despite their inconsistent form in the Italian Serie A. Napoli will play AS Roma Friday, and Benitez said his team are not at their best, reports Xinhua. "I've always said that we are...
  • Top spot up for grab in Serie A as Roma host Napoli 18-10-2013 09:10 AM

    Rome: It's one vs two in Serie A on Friday when Roma attempt to extend their seven-match winning streak against a Napoli squad that's only blemish is one draw. The match at the Stadio Olimpico was moved up a day to avoid clashing with a planned protest against a high-speed...
  • I want to coach Napoli after Benitez, saya Maradona 17-10-2013 10:27 PM

    Milan: Diego Maradona would like to coach his former club Napoli. The Argentina great was in Milan on Thursday to promote a video series on his life with the Gazzetta dello Sport. He says "when (Rafa) Benitez leaves I would like to coach Napoli." Maradona led Napoli to its only...
  • Wenger is the best manager in England, says Benitez 01-10-2013 03:09 PM

    London: Arsene Wenger is the best coach in the Premier League, according to Rafa Benitez ahead of his Napoli side's Champions League clash with Arsenal later on Tuesday. Arsenal's long trophy drought is well documented but the Gunners have begun the new season in scintillating fashion and lead the Premier...
  • Rafael Benitez not shocked by Napoli's draw with Sassuolo 26-09-2013 01:42 PM

    Rome: Napoli manager Rafa Benitez said he was not shocked by his side's 1-1 draw with Sassuolo at home as the visitors played well. It was a match between Italian Serie A leaders and a team without a single point, and Napoli Wednesday shockingly failed to beat Sassuolo who lost...
  • Europe's soccer coaches want transfer window shortened 05-09-2013 10:50 PM

    Nyon, Switzerland: Europe's leading soccer coaches want the transfer window to be shortened, contradicting the position of their clubs. "The clubs like it as it is but the coaches are of the opinion that the market should be closed earlier," Tottenham Hotspur coach Andre Villas-Boas told reporters after a meeting...
  • Napoli impress in Rafa Benitez's debut with 3-0 win 26-08-2013 08:19 AM

    Rome: Last season's runner-up Napoli impressed in Rafa Benitez's debut on Sunday, comfortably beating Bologna 3-0 in their Serie A opener and immediately stating their intent to challenge two-time defending champion Juventus. After former Real Madrid forward Jose Maria Callejon put Napoli ahead in the 32nd, Marek Hamsik added goals...
  • Ecuador striker Christian Benitez dies in Qatar 29-07-2013 10:07 PM

    Doha, Qatar: Ecuador striker Christian Benitez died on Monday, a day after playing in a match for Qatari club El Jaish, the team said. The club said the 27-year-old Benitez, who moved from Mexican club America to play in Qatar this year, died on Monday but provided no further details....
  • Benitez joins Napoli after leaving Chelsea 28-05-2013 09:02 AM

    Former Inter Milan, Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez will return to Italy to take charge of Serie A club Napoli. "Rafa Benitez is the new manager of Napoli," club president Aurelio De Laurentiis said on his Twitter feed on Monday. The Spaniard replaces Walter Mazzarri who quit after the...
  • Benitez's Chelsea stint ends with a 5-3 loss to City 26-05-2013 09:41 AM

    New York: After the final whistle of his 50th and final game with Chelsea, Rafa Benitez walked toward the visitors' dugout at Yankee Stadium, raised his left hand in a small acknowledgement to someone in the crowd and disappeared into the tunnel. "A lot of fans, they were supporting in...
  • Napoli chief denies Benitez talks, keen on Dzeko 21-05-2013 07:42 PM

    Milan: Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis denies meeting former Chelsea coach Rafael Benitez on Monday but admits he is interested in selling Edinson Cavani to sign Manchester City's Edin Dzeko. Napoli is in the hunt for a new manager after Walter Mazzarri announced his departure. De Laurentiis says on Tuesday,...
  • Eight goal rout won't help Chelsea on Saturday: Rafael Benitez 10-05-2013 12:03 AM

    London: Chelsea's 8-0 thrashing of Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge in December will have no bearing on Saturday's Premier League return fixture, the London club's interim manager Rafael Benitez said on Thursday. Victory will all but clinch Chelsea's place in next season's Champions League but Benitez believes improving Villa will...
  • Rafael Benitez drops hint about Jose Mourinho's Chelsea return 07-05-2013 11:14 PM

    Cobham: Interim Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has dropped a massive hint that Jose Mourinho will be returning to Stamford Bridge this summer. Benitez confirmed on Tuesday he would be leaving his temporary role with Chelsea at the end of the season by saying "the next year there will be another...
  • Next Chelsea boss is an open secret, says Rafael Benitez 07-05-2013 08:44 PM

    London: Rafa Benitez, one win away from sealing a top-four finish for Chelsea in the Premier League and one more from a European trophy, ruled out extending his stay at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, saying the identity of his successor was an open secret. The Spaniard, still unpopular with a...
  • Chelsea eye Spurs win for Champions League spot 07-05-2013 11:37 AM

    England: Rafa Benitez can virtually wrap up part one of his mission at Chelsea by guiding the team to the cusp of the Champions League with a win over top-four rival Tottenham in the Premier League on Wednesday. The Spaniard is still unloved at Stamford Bridge but even the most...
  • Unloved Rafa Benitez focused on Basel, not Mourinho 01-05-2013 11:10 PM

    London: Continued speculation that Jose Mourinho is set to return to Chelsea "where people love me" cut little ice with interim manager Rafa Benitez who remains focused on guiding the London side to the Europa League final. Chelsea host FC Basel on Thursday holding a 2-1 lead from their semi-final...
  • Liverpool return is trip down memory lane for Benitez 18-04-2013 10:10 PM

    London: Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez is looking forward to making a sentimental visit to his old stomping ground on Sunday when the European champions take on his former club Liverpool in the Premier League. Benitez was in charge at Anfield from 2004-10. He twice reached the final of the...
  • Benitez to continue rotating for Chelsea fixture frenzy 17-04-2013 12:17 AM

    London: Rafa Benitez will continue to rotate his Chelsea players as they bid to deal with a fixture pile-up and rebound from two consecutive defeats, the club's interim manager said on Tuesday. The Spaniard left out senior players John Terry and Frank Lampard for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final defeat by...
  • Chelsea infighting no problem, says Benitez 12-04-2013 04:04 PM

    London: Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez played down the argument between Frank Lampard and David Luiz in Thursday's Europa League match at Rubin Kazan, an incident that hinted at internal discord heading into the season's climax. With an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City to come on Sunday and the fight...
  • Benitez spared abuse as Chelsea win 1-0 02-03-2013 10:35 PM

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