Rafa Benitez has explained in his own words how he coped last week and especially how he watched the game on TV last Sunday helped by one of his teenage daughters.
It seems like right until the last minute the plan was to fly Rafa down to Swansea via Mike Ashley’s helicopter, but Rafa was not feeling well and was nauseous.
Rafa made the decision it just wouldn’t work and then set about watching the game on TV, and he talked to the players both before and after the match.
He also apparently got emotional when Jamaal Lascelles scored with that great header with just 14 minutes to play.
We would have loved to have seen that!
Rafa Benitez – wonder if he wore his suit for the game – nah
Of course, 3 minutes into the game and Rafa lost reception.
But his daughter quickly checked the next room, and the TV was working there, so they quickly switched rooms
It’s called Murphy’s Law – if something can go wrong, it will and at the worst possible time.
Such is life.
This is Rafa explaining what happened last Sunday as reported today in the Northern Echo:
“I was talking to Lee Charnley during the morning because Mike offered the helicopter and we were preparing everything just in case,”
“Then I was talking to the pilot and asking him how windy it would be. Antonio was saying, ‘Oh, it’s very windy here’.”
“Everything was prepared and everyone was doing their part to be sure I could cope. Everything was arranged, but little by little, I was a bit more sick.”
“I said, ‘If I go, with the helicopter, and then the car, and then one hour in the stadium, and then I feel sick, there will be a problem more than a solution. So I said, ‘Forget about that’.”
“So the decision was made to stay at home. My daughter was helping, and the television was ready.”
“But then there was a storm and, all of a sudden, it was like, ‘Woah’. There was a storm, and all of a sudden, the Sky was not working.”
“It was three or four minutes into the game, and things just went blank.”
“Luckily, my daughter went into the other room to see if the other television was working, and it was.”
“I couldn’t really move, but I was cheering,” “I was writing things down, but I couldn’t really move.”
“To be fair, it is more difficult like that than when you are there.”
“When you are down there in the dugout, you go out and move around, and shout and say silly things.”
“I had to be careful.”
“My daughter was laughing, she was telling me one time to calm down when we were counter-attacking.”
“I was in contact with Antonio right through the week.”
“I was in contact all the time. I knew about every training session and we were analyzing the sessions before and after.”
“I was watching some games, and as we got closer to the game, I was more in contact with Antonio, Mikel Antia and Paco about everything.”
“It worked well, but the worst thing for me was when Antonio went into the dressing room because I couldn’t be in contact with him then.”
“It was only then that we did not have communication.”
Rafa did speak with the players by speaker phone after the game – we would have loved to have heard what he told the lads on such a great win and excellent performance.
We need the same thing today against Stoke City.
Howay The Lads!!