RAFAEL BENITEZ

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jose Mourinho may return to Chelsea as manager February 28, 2013

    London: In a dramatic development simmering around the Stamford Bridge, it has been reported that Jose Mourinho might return to Chelsea this summer. While Avram Grant has emerged as a top contender to see through the rest of the club's season following Rafael Benitez's displeasure to continue. Benitez criticised both the...
  • Mikel and Moses can lift Chelsea, says Benitez February 16, 2013

    London: The return of African Nations Cup heroes John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses will add an extra dimension to Chelsea's squad for the last three months of the season, interim manager Rafael Benitez said on Friday. The Nigerian pair, who helped their country beat Burkina Faso 10 in last...
  • Benitez confused by Chelsea's lack of killer instinct January 31, 2013

    London: Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez says the European champions must regain their killer touch if they are to apply any pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United after a late collapse against Reading on Wednesday. Leading 20 with three minutes remaining, the London club allowed Adam Le Fondre to score...
  • Cole signs oneyear contract extension at Chelsea January 22, 2013

    London: Longserving Chelsea left back Ashley Cole has signed a oneyear extension to his contract, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. Uncertainty over the England international's Stamford Bridge future had alerted a number of big clubs but the 32yearold said he wants to win more silverware in west London. "I...
  • Ashley Cole staying at Chelsea, says Rafael Benitez January 21, 2013

    London: Chelsea's old guard demonstrated that they still have plenty to offer the club on Sunday with left back Ashley Cole signing a new contract and Frank Lampard scoring his 195th goal since arriving at Stamford Bridge. Cole's contract was to expire at the end of the season but the...
  • Chelsea, Liverpool aim to keep up momentum January 2, 2013

    London: Resurgent Chelsea would like to start 2013 on a winning note when relegationthreatened Queens Park Rangers visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. So far the Blues have won four straight games and don't look like breaking up the momentum, as they aim to break Manchester United's dominance under Rafael Benitez. Going...
  • Chelsea planning to rotate Torres more, says Benitez January 2, 2013

    London: Fernando Torres is Chelsea's mostused outfield player this season and interim manager Rafael Benitez said on Wednesday he wanted to start rotating the Spain striker more in the second half of the campaign. Attacking options have been limited for the European champions following the exit of Didier Drogba and...
  • Goalkeeper Cech happy with Chelsea back support December 28, 2012

    London: Chelsea have refound their defensive strength under interim manager Rafael Benitez, goalkeeper Petr Cech said on Friday. Chelsea have won their last three Premier League matches and kept four clean sheets since Benitez took over last month following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo. "We look more organised. We were...
  • Chelsea are looking to sell Sturridge in January December 19, 2012

    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 quarterfinal against Leeds...
  • Benitez focused on Chelsea's Club World Cup final against Corinthians December 15, 2012

    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 December 12, 2012

    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 semifinal in Yokohama on Thursday, took four games to register...
  • Petr Cech backs spirited Chelsea to bounce back December 7, 2012

    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 December 6, 2012

    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 December 4, 2012

    London: Chelsea's underfire 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 November 30, 2012

    London: Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez says the decision to drop playmaker Juan Mata to the bench for the dour 00 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 Chelsea...
  • Chelsea take on Fulham as United face West Ham in EPL clash November 28, 2012

    London: Rafa Benitez goes into his second home game as Chelsea manager still adamant that he can win over the Blues fans who greeted him with such vitriol on his debut. Benitez will again face the home crowd at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in a derby with Fulham, having been...