Rafa Benitez Speaks About Jose Mourinho’s Lavish Praise

Rafa Benitez is a character in the football world, and it’s not surprising the TV have Newcastle playing on live TV a lot of times this season.

Rafa is one of those managers I loved to watch on the sidelines – he is unique and of course one of the world’s best tacticians.

His game plan worked great for 30 minutes on Saturday before Manchester United started to get on top and then we weren’t in the game and lost 4-1.

We have another difficult game coming up at Stamford Bridge a week on Saturday, and hopefully, we will be better in that game for the full 90 minutes.

Jose Mourinho – went out of his way to praise Rafa

Jose Mourinho went out of his way to compliment Rafa many times, and of course, Rafa is well respected in the football world.

His press conference after the game showed a calm, steady and even upbeat Rafa take the questions and dish out the answers.

He succinctly summed up the game in about three sentences and it’s no wonder the press like him.

And when asked about Jose’s praise this is what the manager said as reported in the Chronicle:

“That is fine, but it doesn’t change anything.”

“My feeling is that we did really well for 30 minutes, but we knew we could lose even if we were doing well. “

“That is what happened.”

“The ambition remains to stay up and try to be as high in the table as possible.”

We are still 11th in the league table after our biggest defeat this season.

11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    Nov 20, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    In all honesty Mourinho praising rafa probably frustrates him no end, because it highlights rafa not being in a position to compete at the moment.. Mourinho doesn’t compliment managers that 1)beat him or 2)can compete. Lets look forward to PCP giving rafa 500m and him and mourinho having almighty bust ups again 😉

  • martoon

    Nov 20, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #2

    It must be difficult being a WBA supporter – if you stick with Pulis you’ll probably stay in the Premiership but watch some awful football. Sack Pulis and you’ll probably watch better football but risk going back to a yo-yo club!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Oh I don’t know martoon, they’ve got something like two wins in the last 23 or summit like that, just hope they don’t sack him before the 28th.

  • magscar

    Nov 20, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Couple of weeks ago Robbie Savage was having it large about Pulis and WBA on 606 as I was on my way home from match. Basically repeatedly asking a reasonable WBA caller wanting rid of Pulis over and over well do you wnt PL football that is boring or better football in Championship. He couldn’t se the obvious that it is possible to play reasonable football at times and stay in PL it’s just Pulis can’t do that. Other clubs are showing that it is possible.

    Even Shearer was saying WBA should stick with him. Good job Ashley never went a calling.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Apparently the Pulis out chants were loud and clear on Saturday afternoon.

  • jayphoto

    Nov 20, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    important to remember the uproar when Southampton hired Pocchetino and when Hull hired Marco Silva..now one is regarded as a top premier league manager and the other the most up and coming in demand…
    Ex pros as pundits rarely are insightful..Nevilles decent, Carragher not bad but usually they are led too much by the game they played in, but football is ever changing. Problem is when its bought up by actual knowledgable people, ie journalists who tend to have a much greater grasp on modern football they will always turn to the fact that they actually played the game as a retort.. Dean Saunders is absolutely horrendous for it, the amount of times you hear him bring up how many goals he scored is unreal, Merson too…yet both keep quiet about what happened when they tried to manage…

  • Slank

    Nov 20, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m getting a bit concerned that the Chronicle and The Mag as well as many on this blog somehow see the January transfer window as the saviour of our season and the reason why Rafa will remain at the club.

    Irrespectative of whether we have new owners and irrespective of whether we have 10 million, 100 million or (as some have said) 500 million the January transfer market historically has very few good players and even less quality players available to purchase.

    Rafa will be restricted for choice, perhaps not by funds available, but by what is available.

    I’m sure he would get a good price for Mitrovich or Gayle or Mbemba as teams fighting relegation from the Premiership and those hoping to gain promotion to it would welcome anyone of those three. But I think it would be foolish to sell both our strikers and also Mbemba who is sadly under-utilised.


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