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Now Rafa's Lost The Plot

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
Date:Friday July 10 2009
Time: 9:23AM


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?
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).
5 times
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
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.
5 times
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
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.
10/07/2009 09:56:00
Sorry, it was more than 2 years ago. Am getting old :-(
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?
10/07/2009 10:18:00
"close to" hysterical, 5! lol you have to account for poetic license in this game!
Johnny Baguette
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.
10/07/2009 10:34:00
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