What we’ve noticed about Rafa Benitez before almost every game this season he points out the strong points about the opposing side and says something positive about the opposing manager.
They are not hollow comments, but Rafa knows how difficult it is to be a manager these days and he respects those people who are managers in today’s world of football – it’s certainly not easy.
That’s why so many former players end up being pundits – the “experts” so to speak and it’s an awful lot easier than being on the front lines as a manager.
Rafa Benitez in training
When you are a manager you don’t have the luxury of seeing what happened after the event, but they need to make those decisions in real-time.
On the other hand the pundits can comment after the event so they are always right and get to criticize the manager and/or the player(s).
It’s so easy.
Monday morning quarter backs either in the warm, cozy studios on Saturday nights or commentating on the games live in real-time – it’s a much easier job and the decisions and commentary mean very little.
Even I could do that – well maybe not.
Rafa has complimented Hull City manager Mike Phelan before the game tonight at the KCOM stadium, where our lads will try to make up for our shocking loss on Saturday – and our third defeat at St. James’ Park this season.
Here’s what Rafa has said about the game tonight and the opposing manager as reported in Chronicle Live:
“It’s an opportunity to show our level.” “Hull is a Premier League club. They are playing well.” “They don’t get the results, but they are doing well in terms of football.”
“If we can compete and go through, maybe we are strong enough to compete in the league and the cups.”
“I have a lot of respect for Mike Phelan because he is doing a great job.” “I could see they were winning at the beginning and everybody was talking about the team.”
“Afterwards, they were not doing as well as they were at the beginning.” “But he is doing well. I am watching the team and the team is doing well.”
After tonight’s game we are back in action in the Championship at Nottingham Forest on Friday night, but our away form is better than out home form this season – as surprising as that is – so maybe we can win the next two games?
Certainly the fans are confident we can get the win tonight, but beware of false prophets – 90% thought we would beat Blackburn on Saturday.