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Ice Cool Benitez The Best Tactician I Ever Played For

6:15 pm, Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Jul 20, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    So Moyes to SAFC?

  • 2 Ron Knee // Jul 20, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Wijnaldum in tonight’s squad.

  • 3 Bambams // Jul 20, 2016 at 6:22 PM


    How’s you fella.

    I think you are spot on re Managing from the Internet – literally.

    As I have said I have never seen him play, maybe one or two fellow bloggers can shed a bit more info about him on here.

    In Rafa I trust….Well up until the end of the season !

    We will be fine I am sure.

    Take care fella

  • 4 Belfast // Jul 20, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    The Fa have learnt absolutely nothing lol

    Old red nose Fergie has basically chosen the new England boss 🙂

    His best mate David Gill was the main man on the Fa panel and red nose recommend Fat Sam.

  • 5 jazzyp // Jul 20, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Sky news reporting Big Sam to be announced as the next England manager in the next 24 hr

  • 6 lochinvar // Jul 20, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Let Juventus cough up £50m for Sissoko and Liverpool £25m ( plus players ) for Gini and we are well on our way to Ashley extending the Gallowgate end.

    When will it end….when the Fat Lady sings and that reminds me that Fat Sam ( in Fairness more Slimmed down Sam these days ) is on his way to Wembley and exercises his get out of jail card from the Mackems . Moyes needs to think carefully about that move !

  • 7 Yo-yo // Jul 20, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    At least you know what you are getting with Hippo heid.
    Not a lot.

  • 8 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 20, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Sam alledyce as England manager. As a full born & bread Scotsmen, allow me to say, hahahahahaha ha!

  • 9 jazzyp // Jul 20, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Ron knee

    Just shows what the media know really regarding Gini.
    I hope Ashley and co are holding strong on this transfer saga.

  • 10 Ron Knee // Jul 20, 2016 at 6:41 PM


    It’ll be interesting to see if he plays.

  • 11 jazzyp // Jul 20, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Ron knee

    I hope he does pal and shows Liverpool that just because we were relegated, We cannot be bossed around.
    If Gini does leave, Then it’s on our terms and not the scousers

  • 12 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 20, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Looks like arma is playing in the middle of a 3 behind A striker (mitro).



    Jan mbem lasc(C) anita

    Colb shelv

    Richie arma aarons


    Gamez is on the bench

  • 13 carl // Jul 20, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Yer right Buster. We will all be watching Ritchie and Hanley playing for Scotland.

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