This past week has been one of the worst for Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, a dire stalemate with Blackburn Rovers and losing a lead at Anfield against Fiorentina in the Champions League, confirmation of their dethroned status as European stalwarts. TO add insult to injury, the Reds will not even be seeded in next weeks draw for the next stage of the Europa League.
As a result Rafa has been in vocal mood all week, but what does he really mean?
After the dismal draw with Rovers Senor Benitez was a little positive, “I think we are playing better, the pitch was not the best but we are playing better so at least you can say the team is doing well.”
What he really means – We played terrible and I don’t know what I am doing!
Ahead of the meaningless (in terms of Liverpool’s season) game against Fiorentina in the Champions League, a defiant Benitez strikes again, “I am convinced we will have Champions League football back here next season,” he told reporters at a press conference today. We have a good team, a good squad and we can win games in a row now. We have not lost in six and kept three consecutive clean sheets – that is positive and an improvement on what was happening a few weeks ago.”
What he really means – The Champions League is out of reach, Manchester City and Spurs will probably qualify ahead of us. We are no better than we were a few weeks ago.
But after the result, Mr Benitez was a bit less complimentary, “We are really disappointed because we have conceded three goals in the Champions League in the last minute so when you are not winning, it is important not to lose.”
What he really means – We are Liverpool we deserve to be in the next round, if it wasn’t for the other teams cheating we would be there.
And with the upcoming league game against Arsenal, it would seem the Liverpool manager has some hope of getting a result. “We must try to play a good match against Arsenal, then we will have another game on Wednesday and then on Saturday. So we don’t have too much time to think about them. We must just play and carry on.”
What he really means – If we lose against Arsenal… I think I will get the boot.
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