Former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger retired in the summer – and there was news he could have even joined Newcastle to play for Rafa Benitez for a couple more years – a manager who took him to Liverpool in 2006 and where he stayed for eight years.
Daniel Agger has praised Rafa’s coaching and technical and tactical brilliance today.
Daniel Agger – while at Liverpool
Daniel Agger today has praised the Newcastle manager for his coolness and tactical brilliance, but he has also criticized former Liverpool and England manager Roy Hodgson, whom he also played for while at Liverpool.
Daniel has been interviewed in the Danish paper Jyllands Posten, and this is what he has said about Rafa:
“He was, without a doubt, the best tactician I have played for.”
“He could change formation and tactics three times in one game. We practiced his different systems so we knew what to do in different ones.”
“I also remember when we went 1-0 down against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.”
“Benitez was there pushing his hands downwards as to say ‘stay calm’. A few of us panicked a little bit and thought we’d get our arses kicked but he was ice cool.”
“He just stood there on the sidelines and said: ‘take it easy, carry on doing what you are doing – and in the end we won 2-1’.”
In contrast this is what he has said about the former England manager Roy Hodgson, whose England team were a complete and utter disaster in this summer’s Euros.
Seems like Roy’s training sessions were rather boring:
“I completely lost my desire to come to work because his training sessions were really hard to get through. Not physically but mentally. It was the same and the same and the same. Day in and day out.”
“Often we had eight forwards playing against me and Martin Skrtel – apparently to let Fernando Torres score to regain his confidence.”
“Skrtel and I had a really hard training session as we were defending against eight with two but the eight players attacking were just faffing around.”
“They had hardly run a kilometre and it was so uninspiring.”
Rafa’s training sessions are hard, but he makes them interesting too – and Jonjo Shelvey said a few weeks after Rafa had arrived a Newcastle that the players were coming to training with a smile on their faces.
That’s what you want to see and certainly our lads seem to be brimming with confidence and desire in preseason.
That cannot be bad.