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...