Michael Owen Describes The Tactical Brilliance Of Rafa Benitez

Michael Owen has been talking in the Mirror on just how tactically brilliant Rafa Benitez can be.

Liverpool were playing Rafa Benitez’ Valencia some years ago and he talks about how there was so little space for the Liverpool players – so good was Rafa’s game plan.

And he thinks Rafa will soon have Newcastle playing that well, which has to bode well for the future.

Michael Owen – now a pundit

This is some of what Michael has said in the Mirror starting with that game against Valencia:

“We were looking at each other and saying, ‘Did you see what I saw?’”

“Every time you got the ball you could not see a hole in their defense. I could not even get the ball to my feet, even if Stevie Gerrard had it.”

“They had only four across midfield. Their positional play was so good it felt that you couldn’t string two passes together. He had them that well-drilled – and he has Newcastle drilled, too.”

“We all know his capabilities and I think he is actually getting the best out of what he has got at Newcastle.”

“Rafa is a master tactician. I played under him for only a month or so before moving to Real Madrid in August 2004, when he first joined Liverpool.”

“Subsequently, I spoke to Jamie Carragher and Stevie G and people like that afterwards.”

“He sort of plays the game for you, in a way. By that, I mean he is always on the sidelines telling you where to go, pushing you here, pulling you there.”

“He wants to dictate and spot things and try to solve problems.”

“If you are a creative player, you like to be given a free rein, but he comes into his own when working with defenders, midfielders, and positional play.”

Rafa already has Newcastle playing well but we need say four top-class players brought in to really start attacking the top six in the Premier League.

And that will cost some real money.

Not many of our fans think we can win at Manchester United tomorrow.

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7 comments so far

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Nov 17, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Yeah pretty much all spot on , a bit disappointed with the fact it was a Chinese consortium as I can’t think of any in the Uk that have been successful.

    Also the pcp group trying to play us off v Liverpool isn’t exactly what I wanted to hear either but hopefully if they do take over they have a point to prove that Liverpool missed out

    Either way I just want Ashley out and an owner / group that give us a fighting chance and we can get fully behind the full club again

  • nut meg

    Nov 17, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #2


    nut meg
    Nov 17, 2017 at 8:54 AM
    Comment #168
    Frank..thanks for that..i’m hoping like hell it ‘s going to happen,

  • toonincheek

    Nov 17, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Maybe a bit frustrating that we could be second choice,
    but can’t really complain when it’s the ‘Pool who were first.

    At least it signifies high ambitions.

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4

    I thought Gabby Logan’s MotD last night was supposed
    to be about the Toon
    It was about Spurs
    I wonder why it was pushed back ?

  • Veltman

    Nov 17, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #5

    The daily talk seems to be on the take over.lets’s hope it gets sorted soon.
    Still prefer Staveley or someone from the middle east.I don’t like to see those small eyed Chinese revolution in the club.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2017 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #6

    Small eyed Chinese revolution???

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Are you the Duke of Edinburgh ?


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