Date: 2nd March 2013 at 12:19pm
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Entering the press room at Cobham yesterday (Friday), Rafa Benitez, following his Riverside rant, knew it would be a challenging experience.

But, with a smile on his face and a pleasant manner about him, it has to be said that the Spaniard, aware that he could face a hostile reception at Stamford Bridge this afternoon, when we play West Bromwich Albion, conducted himself quite well.

Speaking for about thirty minutes, Rafa talked about many things but at one stage seemed to drift off into almost what could be perceived a vocal curriculum vitae hidden amongst a company mantra when he remarked, to those in attendance,

“I have passion for football. I like to prepare games, to train and coach players. To win.”

“Every single game for me is a challenge. Every single training session is a challenge.”

“I try to do my best, prepare the tactics, the training sessions, the team. It`s part of my passion.”

“I think that, if you analyse carefully what I said, what was trying to explain is that we will have 11 games to play, 33 points.”

“If we stick together behind the team, it will be easier for us to get points.”

“I have been training and coaching for 26years. I have always had principles, respect and education. That is the way I`ve achieved what I`ve achieved. We have 11 games to play.”

“If we stick together, it will be easier ad we`ll get more points.”

“I would like to see a fantastic atmosphere supporting the team – I`ll be happy with that.”


It remains to be seen what Rafa gets this afternoon, but it`ll certainly be interesting!