BENITEZ

  • Napoli beat Juventus on penalties to win Super Cup 3 days ago

    Doha, Qatar: Napoli beat Juventus 6-5 on penalties to win the Italian Super Cup on Monday and deny Massimiliano Allegri a first trophy in charge of the Bianconeri. Rafael saved Simone Padoin's final penalty after Kalidou Koulibaly had converted to win the match for Napoli despite Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon saving...
  • Benitez demands Napoli to improve defence April 14, 2014

    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, threatened...
  • Rafael Benitez hits back at Jose Mourinho March 29, 2014

    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 his...
  • Rafael Benitez finds positives in loss to Roma October 19, 2013

    Rome: Napoli head coach Rafa Benitez insisted that his side performed better in their 02 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 of the...
  • Benitez optimistic about Napoli's chances against Roma October 18, 2013

    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 working...
  • Top spot up for grab in Serie A as Roma host Napoli October 18, 2013

    Rome: It's one vs two in Serie A on Friday when Roma attempt to extend their sevenmatch 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 highspeed...
  • I want to coach Napoli after Benitez, saya Maradona October 17, 2013

    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 two...
  • Wenger is the best manager in England, says Benitez October 1, 2013

    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 League...
  • Rafael Benitez not shocked by Napoli's draw with Sassuolo September 26, 2013

    Rome: Napoli manager Rafa Benitez said he was not shocked by his side's 11 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 to...
  • Europe's soccer coaches want transfer window shortened September 5, 2013

    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 at...
  • Napoli impress in Rafa Benitez's debut with 3-0 win August 26, 2013

    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 in...
  • Ecuador striker Christian Benitez dies in Qatar July 29, 2013

    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 27yearold Benitez, who moved from Mexican club America to play in Qatar this year, died on Monday but provided no further details. "The club...
  • Benitez joins Napoli after leaving Chelsea May 28, 2013

    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 team...
  • Benitez's Chelsea stint ends with a 53 loss to City May 26, 2013

    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 May 21, 2013

    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, "I...
  • Eight goal rout won't help Chelsea on Saturday: Rafael Benitez May 10, 2013

    London: Chelsea's 80 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 provide...
  • Rafael Benitez drops hint about Jose Mourinho's Chelsea return May 7, 2013

    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 manager...
  • Next Chelsea boss is an open secret, says Rafael Benitez May 7, 2013

    London: Rafa Benitez, one win away from sealing a topfour 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 section...
  • Chelsea eye Spurs win for Champions League spot May 7, 2013

    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 topfour rival Tottenham in the Premier League on Wednesday. The Spaniard is still unloved at Stamford Bridge but even the most ardent...
  • Unloved Rafa Benitez focused on Basel, not Mourinho May 1, 2013

    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 21 lead from their semifinal first...
  • Liverpool return is trip down memory lane for Benitez April 18, 2013

    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 200410. He twice reached the final of the Champions...
  • Benitez to continue rotating for Chelsea fixture frenzy April 17, 2013

    London: Rafa Benitez will continue to rotate his Chelsea players as they bid to deal with a fixture pileup 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 semifinal defeat by Manchester...
  • Chelsea infighting no problem, says Benitez April 12, 2013

    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 semifinal against Manchester City to come on Sunday and the fight...
  • Vindication for Benitez with victory over United April 2, 2013

    London: After another weekend of cutting criticism, Chelsea's stopgap manager Rafa Benitez achieved a measure of vindication with Monday's FA Cup victory over Manchester United. Pilloried for resting players for Saturday's 21 Premier League defeat at Southampton, Chelsea's interim coach put all his Easter weekend eggs in one basket by...
  • Runaway leaders United eye another easy outing March 29, 2013

    London: With a 20th league title virtually in the bag and no more European distractions, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is challenging his side to push for a Premier League points record. United visit Sunderland on Saturday (1245) when victory would open up an 18point lead, at least until secondplaced Manchester...
  • Benitez abuse affects players, says Mikel March 11, 2013

    London: Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel believes fan negativity is affecting the players at the Premier League club. Interim manager Rafael Benitez has come in for a barrage of criticism from Chelsea supporters since he was parachuted into the manager's job following the sacking of terrace favourite Roberto Di Matteo...
  • Alex Ferguson snubs Rafael Benitez as feud simmers on March 11, 2013

    Manchester: Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez accused his Manchester United counterpart Alex Ferguson of failing to shake hands before their FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday in the latest chapter in their fractious relationship. The teams drew 2-2 after Chelsea, who conceded two early goals, launched a strong second-half fightback to recover...
  • Player-power has bred success at Chelsea, says goalkeeper Petr Cech March 4, 2013

    London: Chelsea's Petr Cech has defended his team-mates against accusations of player-power and said a vocal dressing room has bred success at the Premier League club. A training ground exchange between manager Rafael Benitez and captain John Terry in the wake of last week's 2-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester...
  • Benitez spared abuse as Chelsea win 1-0 March 2, 2013

    London: Demba Ba gave under-fire Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez some much-needed respite by scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, provisionally moving the team into third place in the Premier League. A toxic atmosphere had been expected at Stamford Bridge after Benitez's outburst on Wednesday,...
  • I have no problem with the board: Rafael Benitez March 1, 2013

    London: Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez sought to build bridges and ease tensions on Friday, days after castigating hostile fans and aiming a swipe at club officials for his 'interim' job title. The Spaniard, routinely jeered by a section of Chelsea's support ever since he replaced the sacked Roberto Di Matteo...