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Added August 31st, 2010 by Ian

Rafael Benitez: out of the frying pan and into the fire?
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Rafael Benitez has never struck me as anything close to a good football manager. In fact, he’s a bit of a cry baby and whiner who’s always blaming somebody else for his club’s problems. He’s vastly overrated and seems to be clueless when it comes to team selections, substitutions, buying players, and tactics.

He won the Champions League with Liverpool after his “managing” saw the team down 3-0 until Steven Gerrard grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and more or less won it single-handedly in spite of his manager. Other than that, Benitez is the cat’s meow.

While many Liverpool fans had a strange blind faith in Benitez, it seems his new gig with Italy’s Inter Milan might finally expose him for what he truly is as may have bit off more than he can chew. Although the Italian Serie A just kicked off, Benitez has already come under fire for Inter’s poor play, which includes a 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup and a 0-0 draw in the season opener at Bologna.

But Benitez should be used to the deserved criticism by now and it’s no wonder the Italian media has jumped in so quickly. As usual Benitez had some excuses at the ready after the loss to Atletico, blaming it on the World Cup, which ended over a month and a half ago. He admitted Atletico was the better team, but the press said that was obvious, but asked why were they better?

He said the squad wasn’t as fit, intense, and strong as the Spanish opposition, but whose job is that to make sure they are?  It should be the manager’s. The media also wanted to know why Benitez is trying to alter a squad that won a treble last season, including the Champions League. Why try to fix something that isn’t broken?

The scoreless draw in Bologna was sort of embarrassing as they ended up last season just one spot above the Serie A relegation zone, the same as the season before. Bologna also had a caretaker manager in place in Paolo Magnani, as former manager Franco Colomba was given the boot a day before the game.

Bologna may have played above their heads, but Inter was definitely missing something from last season, a good manager perhaps? Italian newspapers wonder what’s going on with the club and Benitez said the team has waited too long to sign players this summer. Again, the newspapers asked whose fault is that?

As usual, Benitez has asked fans to be patient with him as Inter chases a historic sixth straight title. However, they were patient at Liverpool at look where they are now, just a shell of what they used to be.

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One Response to “Rafael Benitez: out of the frying pan and into the fire?”

  1. Paul says:

    what a stupid article!!

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