"Why can't we?" said Rafael Benitez when he was asked whether Chelsea can win the league or not this season.
Well, there are tons of reasons why they cannot win the English Premier League, but Benitez is so single-minded in his approach and at times so unrealistic that it almost seems as if he's lost it. Of course, one might say the same for someone like Jose Mourinho as well but Benitez is at a different level.
He has the credentials for being called a good manager, but he has a habit of saying some very funny things. Like...
"How many top jobs have been available in the last two years? Not too many. So if you have maybe eight top managers and only one or two teams available, you do not have too many chances."
(OK, so that means you're one of the top eight managers in the world? Let us count... Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Roberto Mancini, Guus Hiddink, Antonio Conte, Jupp Henyckes, Carlo Ancelotti... and many more)
"Sometimes you move your fingers. It was nothing. We are not considering it, it was nothing."
(Defends Steven Gerrard showing the V Sign to a referee after a booking).
"After the game, Sheila, who was sitting right in line in the main stand, said to me that the ball had crossed the line. She is a very honest person and that was good enough for me... it was a goal." (After a controversial goal, depends on club secretary Sheila-- who was sitting in line with the goal in the stands).
"We don't need to give away flags for our fans to wave; our supporters are always there with their hearts, and that is all we need. It's the passion of the fans that helps to win matches, not flags."
(Takes dig at Chelsea handing out flags to their supporters, and now he manages them. Ideal).
"Chelsea is a big club with fantastic players, every manager wants to coach a such a big team. But I would never take that job, in respect for my former team at Liverpool, no matter what. For me there is only one club in England, and that's Liverpool."
"I’m sure Chelsea do not like playing Liverpool. When they are talking and talking and talking before the game it means they are worried. Maybe they’re afraid?"
(Yes, they may be. But how about now?)
"When you play against the smaller teams at Anfield you know the game will be narrow” and “One team wanted to win and one didn't want to lose."
(Yes, Everton are a small club... but they're above Liverpool at the moment!)
First Published On : Nov 29, 2012 17:28 IST