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Rafa Benitez Brighton press conference: ‘Financial rules must change to make Premier League more competitive’

1 year ago
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The Rafa Benitez Brighton press conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.

The United boss giving an amusing perfect riposte to the likes of Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher after their comments/criticism on Wednesday night.

Rafa declaring ‘As a pundit, you have to just give opinions. As a manager, you have to take responsibility.’

Whilst Pep Guardiola was once again calling for opposition teams to come out and play more football against his team, Rafa Benitez has rightly pointed out ‘If you want to keep the Premier League very open, maybe you have to change the financial rules.’

The respective 18 man matchday squads on Wednesday saw one costing £423m more than the other, as Manchester City feel the benefit of owners successfully getting around the FFP rules.

Whilst on the other side of the coin, Newcastle have an owner who constantly undermines his manager.

Rafa Benitez Brighton press conference:

“We will try to score goals (against Brighton) and try to play at the level we did at West Ham and when we were doing well. You have to change tactics against different teams. We know what we have to do.

“I was really pleased with the character the other day. The character at West Ham, the reaction was fantastic. They were working and helping each other. That is the way we have to do it.

 “We trained indoors (due to the snow today). It’s no problem. You have to recover after a game so you can’t train too hard before the next game. You have to prepare tactically and be ready mentally.

“(Against Man City) we did what we have to do. We didn’t just want to draw, we wanted to win. As a pundit, you have to just give opinions. As a manager, you have to take responsibility.

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“If we had scored a late goal, they would have been saying ‘perfect’, ‘fantastic’.‏

Pep Guardiola was clear – he has played against teams with different approaches. If you want to keep the Premier League very open, maybe you have to change the financial rules.

“I won’t talk about other clubs, other players, other transfers. I will concentrate on football, that’s it.

“Chris Hughton is a great person, a great manager. He is doing a very good job. We know Brighton are dangerous.

“My concern is to be sure that we approach the game with the belief we can win. If we win, my next press conference will be easier. If we don’t, we have to carry on. The message is clear.

“The reaction of the fans, it’s clear they know all the players are giving everything. It’s crucial we have the fans behind us. You can say what you want about our fans, but they are supporting us and are trying to help the team.

“Our fans know these players care. That is the way – stay united – and be together. Happy New Year, feliz año nuevo!”

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