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Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has credited Spaniard Rafa Benitez for making him a better striker. Torres moved to Liverpool for around £ 26 million when Benitez was their manager. He went on to have three great years at the club during which time he was even regarded as the best strikers in the world. Many thought that he would go on and emulate the achievements of club legends like Ian Rush, but he immediately decided to leave for Chelsea in a £ 50 million deal. Since then, however, he has struggled for form and fitness.
Rafa Benitez came to Chelsea in order to work with Torres – for a brief period. In those six months, it appeared for his short spell that Torres would return back to his best. He scored in a run of matches, but it soon ended in disappointment after the striker suffered an injury. Despite this, the 30-year-old has credited the former Valencia and Liverpool manager for making him a better striker. He says that Benitez taught him how to make intelligent runs and avoid getting tired. Torres accepts that it is much better to make five good runs than just running about all day long.
The Benitez-Torres partnership with Chelsea did not last long, as the Spaniard left the club last summer.
“With Rafa, I learned to think about the best option to take in important moments. It is about teaching – everything he does gets you to think. I am sure that there are footballers who retire without ever having thought on the pitch. Rafa was very tactical. Before knowing him, I had the habit of running everywhere, no matter where. Five good runs into space are worth more than 100 in the wind,” said the Chelsea striker, who has scored just over 20 league goals since moving to Chelsea.
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Luis Suarez has been named as the Footballer of the Year by the football writers Association, as the striker will be adding more glory to his individual accolades. He has already won the PFA player of the year by beating the likes of Eden Hazard and Yaya Touré. He is on course to helping Liverpool to win the first league title in 24 years, but he has been stating constantly that he will be putting team performance ahead of personal motivation. Suarez has already won league titles before his career, but to win it with Liverpool will be extremely special.
The turnaround comes within months of Suarez receiving a 10 match suspension from the FA for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic when the two sides met each of last season. It seems that he has firmly put this incident in the back of his mind. Read more »
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Roy Carroll, the ex Manchester United keeper has accused David Moyes, the new boss of Old Trafford for the lack of fight they are facing at the moment. Carroll has witnessed his Olympiakos squad inflict a damage of 2-0 defeat in the Champions League last week. He is pretty assertive about the fact that post the retirement of their ex boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, the players have continuously shrugged off responsibilities.
The thirty six year old goal keeper spoke to a reputed television channel saying that the 1st leg win was completely shocking for quite a number of media individuals, but somehow the players themselves know that as a team they sure has some chance. He further added that he has watched quite a number of Premier League Matches during this season and he was almost astonished to see how the players have been performing. One night while watching the game live from stands, he could believe his eyes how team Man United was performing.
The team has pretty good footballers but somehow they strongly lacked the killer instinct and the fighting spirit. Hence in a way the defeat came as a shock, but considering the way they played, it was bound to happen. However, the goals they bagged certainly deserved. Carroll stressed up the fact that one can be a fantastic player, but until and unless, he gives his cent percent, it doesn’t really matter. And to him, Manchester United didn’t put in that 100 percent.
They might have walked into the field thinking that the game will be an easy one, but no professional should proceed to a game with an attitude as such.
Next he complained that since Moyes has come in as the new boss, United has been facing tough luck time and again and they have definitely slacked off since the departure of Sir Alex.
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