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Valdano takes a dig at Benítez but praises Barça

Jorge Valdano en sala de prensa

Jorge Valdano has published an article in ‘Récord’ México in which he gives his views on Rafa Benítez and compares him with Ancelotti. «The players who listened to and responded devotedly to Ancelotti‘s message, nowadays follow Benítez’s orders like soldiers. It’s not the same thing. Florentino took too much of a risk getting rid of […]


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Jorge Valdano en sala de prensa

Jorge Valdano has published an article in ‘Récord’ México in which he gives his views on Rafa Benítez and compares him with Ancelotti. «The players who listened to and responded devotedly to Ancelotti‘s message, nowadays follow Benítez’s orders like soldiers. It’s not the same thing. Florentino took too much of a risk getting rid of a man who had won the dressing room over. It’s hard to get a group of elite players to love their coach, but when that happens, players do things out of conviction» he said, adding that that is how a team is formed. Rafa Benítez finds it harder to achieve this, because «his is an inevitably cold, scientific discourse.»

On the subject of FC Barcelona, he highlights the friendship between Messi, Suárez and Neymar, «a miracle», «that seems to have transported them back to the time when they were kids playing in the streets, just for fun. And in football that gets better results than any amount of training, tactics, and all the sleepless nights of the coach in search of excellence.» For Valdano, «that happy world has helped to repair an infinite number of problems [such as] the passing away of a coach, the sacking of a director of football, the resignation of a president, tax scandals…»

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