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Now Rafa's Lost The Plot

Well, it was alright when Liverpool were splashing the cash wasn't it? Sadly, Rafa Benitez has joined the ranks of the City bashers...

I always quite liked Benitez. I liked the way he went about his business. Team focused and having it with Taggart on a regular basis. But his recent Anti-City outbursts have seen him self portrayed as yet another begrudging, frustrated, gargantuan in-debted top flight management soul...

We all know who Liverpool's top buys have been in recent years and who they have had to pay massive wages to. Torres for one has been exceptional, a terrific player, but Liverpool had to spend and pay big to get him on board. For as far as any Blue can remember, that's the sort of signing we have previously only been able to dream of.

Yet, once again, New City beat another 'Big Four/Sky Four' side to the signature of a coveted player, in this case Gareth Barry and we find as we said last week that they really don't like it up 'em...

'If you move just for money, sometimes you will make mistakes. I would say Gareth Barry comes into that category. I have an idea that in the market we are in, money is not the main thing.

'Everyone at this level in football earns a lot of money. You have to think instead about where you would enjoy playing and do your best to make the right decisions. I won't say too much about Barry but it is clearly just for money.'

The close to hysterical Benitez then turned from accuser to pontificator attempting to portray Liverpool as some sort of respected role model despite lashing out more money on Glen Johnson than City paid for Barry.

'We did go back again for Barry, but as I said it is all about money, money, money. It is as simple as that. It was difficult, some clubs are offering big money. But Johnson wanted to come here, that was the difference. City have signed a lot of good players, but that is no guarantee they will win anything.'

You really couldn't make it up. Watching City rough these big clubs up on a weekly basis is becoming hilarious to watch!

As the photograph above suggests, Rafa Benitez might like to take some time out to consider the unholy mess surrounding his own club before pointing the finger elsewhere.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 10 2009

Time: 9:23AM

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I suspect that this is nothing more than Rafa complaining that he had to spend £17m on GJ. Trouble is, he gets so wound up at times that he sounds like an idiot. And as much as I don't like Taggart, at least he gave me entertainment when ridiculing Rafa - which in all honesty is apparently an easy thing to do. So, Mr Benitez, I would love to know what you accomplished with your little rant about GB. Making the 'pool fans feel better that you didn't get him? Perhaps making GJ feel better that he chose you? A sly dig at your bosses, because they won't give you all the money you want? Or did you simply not get your Cornflakes this morning?
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10/07/2009 09:43:00

Johnny he answered a question that was posed to him. He said that Gareth Barry took the money route. This is perfectly correct on Rafa's behalf. I think he was far from hysterical to be fair (as you say in your article). Good luck to City, after supporting your team like you did when you were in Div1 if any team deserves the Arab support now its arguably you lot. ps We have hardly every splashed the cash in the same terms as Chelsea and United (Before Johnson joined the most we had paid for a defender was 7M).
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10/07/2009 09:44:00

Cheers 5 times, but arguably you'd have had more spending clout than the majority of top flight clubs for many years.
Johnny Baguette
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10/07/2009 09:48:00

When has Rafa ever got hysterical? His attack on Taggart was 100% correct and he was very calm. Taggart responded by getting Allardyce to claim (2 weeks later) that Rafa had been disrespectful after the Blackburn game and made the pair of them (taggart and Allardyce) look silly. Reading too many 'hysterical' reports in the papers boys and ignoring the reality of the situation. It could be argued that City fans are getting a little *****ed off at many clubs complaining of their new found wealth...wouldnt let it worry me.
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10/07/2009 09:51:00

Vital Villa's take on the story (have linked to yours on Vital Villa by the way!!): Liverpool Boss Slates £areth Barry!
The Fear
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10/07/2009 09:52:00

I can see why people are mocking Rafa for this rant as we have had a lot of money to spend compared to most clubs in the past. However, I think he is just echoing the sentiments of most football fans when they see clubs like Real Madrid and City offering players sums like £200,000 per week. The amount of money being spent had gone up reasonably steadily over time upto 2 years ago with the odd anomaly like the 1st Galactico era and Italian football also had a crazy spell, but when Abramovic came in, he permanently raised the bar. Now City and Real Madrid are taking it to a whole new level. The issue is that Liverpool and others have always spent when they needed to but Real Madrid just seem to be trying to buy ALL the worlds top players in summer and City just seem to be buying ALL the best available players in one go. Its just a case of spend spend spend because you have the cash but good luck to you, if anyone deserves success its City fans.
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10/07/2009 09:56:00

Sorry, it was more than 2 years ago. Am getting old :-(
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10/07/2009 10:04:00

When you win the lottery, you buy a Porsche not a Sierra. Your neighbours don't like it but do you care as you jet off to the Seychelles as they go to work?
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10/07/2009 10:18:00

"close to" hysterical, 5! lol you have to account for poetic license in this game!
Johnny Baguette
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10/07/2009 10:18:00

It's nothing to do with 'City bashing'... Rafa's had a go at the player for choosing money over his career... Did not GB state that he wanted to leave Villa to play CL football?! If a player chooses to go for money then that is entirely his decision... but, I think it's foolish to try and suggest that it is anything other than that, when it goes against what a player originally claims... That said, maybe it would be best for all concerned if Rafa kept his personal opinions to himself at times.
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10/07/2009 10:34:00

It is sour grapes over barry. Liverpool made a mess of his transfer last summer by refusing to pay his transfer fee and leaving him in lingo for months. It is hardly suprising he chose City as we matched his valuation and showed that we wanted and needed him more. Money may have come into the equation but Rafa easily managed to shell out £17m for Johnson and didn't leave him sitting by the telephone for the entire summer- what message does that give to Gareth!?
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10/07/2009 10:34:00

So, Rafa is stating what we all know to be the facts. Some defend and some attack. Rafa was not defending but just stating the facts. Nothing but the facts mam! Those that have money will spend it. Players will either have money or other goals to guide them. Some are lucky enough to get both, a good club and paid well. We all know where Barry falls in this story since he asked Villa to leave to play Champions League ball.
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10/07/2009 10:38:00

Can any visiting Mickeys give us an explanation over the speculation that Liverpool have found £46 million to throw at Franck Ribery? If that's the case, where's that money coming from?
Johnny Baguette
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10/07/2009 10:47:00

Johnny, the only way we'll have £46m to buy Ribery is we sell Alonso or Mascherano. Its a just a silly rumour anyway.
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10/07/2009 10:52:00

Stranger things have happened trader. "Scarface" is dynamite. I reckon we are going to witness a transfer explosion any day now. Expect the unexpected!
Johnny Baguette
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10/07/2009 11:09:00

Maybe not hysterical but definately bitter and disrespectful towards Barry. He completely misses the irony of his rant after paying Johnson 120k a week who by the sounds of it would have signed for the minimum wage and a free museum pass?!? Hopefully we'll bid for every l'pool target just to push him over the edge, he's good entertainment if nothing else!
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10/07/2009 11:18:00

I'm sure it's nearer 80k than 120k BB...
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10/07/2009 11:25:00

Good luck this season to city,i hope they come runners up to liverpool in every comp this season just to see the faces on those from the freak farm at old trafford.However,rafa is a little annoyed, probably even a little jealous because he doesn,t have the same dosh as city to spend. I love liverpool have supported them all my life and make no mistake,if DIC had taken us over instead of the ham shanks,we would be able to spend,spend,spend and us LFC supporters would love it.So go on you city lads,enjoy it while you can you just don,t know how long it will last.Oh,one final point Barry is a *****(good player),but still a *****.YNWA.
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10/07/2009 11:50:00

Fair point Johnny! Feel like a lot of people are exaggerating his reactions at present! PS the Ribery one will only happen if they get 35M for Alonso (A guy we paid 10M for)...
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10/07/2009 11:58:00

BiiteBlue, Gerrard as just signed a 110 k a week contract...Wouldnt believe what you read in the papers as I am pretty sure he would not pay Johnson more then Gerrard
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10/07/2009 11:59:00

How does he know that Barry signed just for the money?Barry might have prefrred going to City than to Liverpool is that unbelievable? It is if you are called Rafa Benitez.We paid £12m did not liverpool put in a bigger bid than that last summer?
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10/07/2009 14:01:00

Fair play to most of the POOL fans in the previous posts. CITY will have to spend big as we are having to build 10th placed team into a top 4 contender asap. Yes i do admit that players will be attracted by the thought of a big payday,but they will also be joining a club that is now looking forward to a big future. The top 4 clubs have had the money to dominate for a long time,spending bigger sums on players than any other club could.Manure have spent big for years and yet their fans seem to think that CITY are ruinning football? Rooney/berbaflop/carrck/hargreaves/ferdinand... even roy keane was a british transfer record at the time... short memories. CITY have been very lucky to have got the owners that we have and i do feel for POOL supporters as the seem to have got the buisness equivilant of Steptoe and Son. We as a club have been to hell and back over the last 30 years or so and as a long suffering supporter of CITY i am over the moon that we can at least now challenge at the top table.
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10/07/2009 14:19:00

By teh way thats the BLUEMOON im over LOL
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10/07/2009 14:22:00

Rafa hasn't lost the plot, he's just pulled you into it. He gets a bit mental every season and has a pop at Chelsea, Man U, etc for being able to buy some of the players he wants. By releasing statements like this he's covering himself so that if and, let's be serious, when they don't win the league again in 2010 he can blame a player's greed and not himself or the team. I'd take it as a compliment as Benitez clearly thinks there's a threat from your team.
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