It was not surprising that Rafa Benitez told BBC Sports after the win at the King Power Stadium that he was pleased with the performance, the win and getting all 3 points.
Rafa’s game plan seemed to work perfectly but he points out that was due to the intelligent hard work of his players who sat back and gave possession to the home side who ended up with 70% of the possession.
But that means little these days.
It’s what you do when you have the ball and not how long you have the ball.
Rafa Benitez applauds fans after the game
This is what Rafa said to the BBC after the game:
“It was a good game against a good team. We did very well. Our players worked so hard.”
“This relationship between the players and fans means a lot to us. The players and fans tried to do their best.”
“As a coach, you always have a game plan. You can prepare however you want but it depends on the players to make the difference.”
“The problem against James Maddison or Jamie Vardy is you have to concentrate from the first minute to the last.”
“We are really pleased with the clean sheet and three points. You have to enjoy today and be ready for the next one.”
“We had two or three counter-attacks that we could have had a little more composure and scored more.”
We have four games left and all of them are winnable games.
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