Rafael Benitez

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Chelsea are looking to sell Sturridge in January 19-12-2012 02:38 PM

    According to a report in theguardian the Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez is looking to sell their forward Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool at the beginning of the January transfer window. Benitez will be discussing transfer targets with Roman Abramovich once the side have returned from Capital One Cup quarter-final against Leeds...
  • Benitez focused on Chelsea's Club World Cup final against Corinthians 15-12-2012 01:31 PM

    Yokohama: Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez said he is unconcerned about his future with the team ahead of Sunday's Club World Cup final against Corinthians of Brazil. The Spaniard spoke before Chelsea's final training session on Saturday and said he was only focused on the upcoming contest. Benitez took over last...
  • Chelsea are tighter under Benitez, says Cahill 12-12-2012 05:31 PM

    Yokohoma: Chelsea have become more compact defensively under interim manager Rafael Benitez as they prepare for the soccer Club World Cup in Japan, defender Gary Cahill said on Wednesday. The English Premier League side, who face Mexico's Monterrey in their semi-final in Yokohama on Thursday, took four games to register...
  • Petr Cech backs spirited Chelsea to bounce back 07-12-2012 12:36 PM

    Tokyo: Goalkeeper Petr Cech believes Chelsea will quickly rediscover their form after an alarming slide which saw the holders crash out of the Champions League at the group stage. The London club travel to Japan after Saturday's visit to Sunderland to play at the Club World Cup with intense pressure...
  • Chelsea players must share blame for Euro exit, says Cech 06-12-2012 04:16 PM

    London: Chelsea's players must shoulder the blame for the Londoners becoming the first holders to leave the Champions League at the group stage, goalkeeper Petr Cech said after Wednesday's exit. The champions went out of the competition just 200 days after they won it in Munich under former manager Roberto...
  • Convinced that Shakhtar can beat Juventus: Benitez 04-12-2012 09:54 PM

    London: Chelsea's under-fire manager Rafael Benitez believes Shakhtar Donetsk can beat Juventus on Wednesday and open an escape hatch for his side to reach the last 16 of the Champions League. Benitez's side must beat Danish side Nordsjaelland at Stamford Bridge in their final Group E match and hope Juventus...
  • Dropped Mata to give him rest: Benitez 30-11-2012 09:59 PM

    London: Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez says the decision to drop playmaker Juan Mata to the bench for the dour 0-0 draw with Fulham on Wednesday was simply to give him a rest, and he will do the same with other players. Benitez has had a tough introduction from the...