Luis Garcia has been speaking about his old boss, Rafa Benitez.
As well as playing for his country, the Spanish winger played under Rafa at both Liverpool and Tenerife, as well as turning out in his club career for clubs such as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Summing up his old manager’s dedication and one-track mind, Luis Garcia states ‘You cannot talk to Rafa Benitez about anything except football. Football is everything’.
The former player explains that what people love about the Newcastle boss is that ‘He is always totally committed’ and ‘has always given everything’, which would underline why Benitez why must be especially frustrated by those at St James Park who don’t share his commitment to make the club as good as it possibly can be.
Luis Garcia points to his old manager’s ambitions and says ‘I know he will not be planning just to fight to stay in the Premier League’ and that instead he ‘will be wanting to aim high’.
Garcia thinks the aim/hope for Rafa Benitez will be to ‘to try to get into those 10 positions at the top…and maybe fight for the Europa League places’.
Having to look at the bargain basement end of the transfer market (signing Joselu for £5m whilst Championship club Middlesbrough pay £15m for a striker), it would indeed be a miracle if Rafa did get Newcastle to mid-table, never mind a European place.
Luis Garcia talking to Sky Sports:
“Wherever Rafa has gone, he has always given everything. He has always supported his clubs, the charities, everything.
“He is always totally committed and that’s what people love about him. He is protective of his players and his club.
“He always gives his best and Newcastle are seeing that now
“I sent him a message to congratulate him on promotion – he has done a great job.
“It’s difficult to be relegated and come back after only one year, especially when important players leave.
“Now he’s trying to build a strong team because he knows it’s going to be another tough year.
“He’s the same manager he ever was, you cannot talk to Rafa about anything except football. Football is everything.
“Talking, learning and improving. He attends to every detail. Everything has to be under control. He loves that.
“He wants you to have the right preparations, the right rest, the right food, the right everything. New players have to adapt fast to the needs of the team.
“I know Rafa and I know he will not be planning just to fight to stay in the Premier League.
“I think he will be wanting to aim high, to try to get into those 10 positions at the top of the table and maybe fight for the Europa League places.”