Igor Biscan was in Rafa Benitez’ squad when Liverpool won the Champions League in 2005.
The former player now believes that if anybody can get Newcastle back into the top six of the Premier League it is his old boss.
However, for that to be achieved, Igor Biscan warns ‘it will take time.’
On Tuesday, Rafa Benitez has revealed that he would be willing to stay for the next 10 years at St James Park, BUT that depends on whether things change in the way the club is run.
Newcastle have only spent £4m so far in the transfer window and we are two-thirds of the way through it, with the manager indicating that the club have to start getting more serious in their attempts to land his main targets.
Biscan declares that where Rafa excels is that ‘His attention to detail sets him apart from a lot of managers in the Premier League.’
As for is famed attention to detail, the former Liverpool player says Benitez ‘prepares his team line no other.’
Ahead of the Premier League kicking off, we do of course have the small matter of England v Croatia tonight.
A former Croatian international himself, Igor Biscan says that his country’s entire four million population feels the World Cup trophy is their destiny this summer.
Funnily enough, there are fifty million or so people in England who also feel ‘it’s coming home.’
Biscan makes England small favourites to reach the final and play France, with no surprise who he picks out from the two sides, stating Modric and Kane are the key men.
Whoever plays best out of those two may decide this game.
Igor Biscan talking to Betstars:
‘Do you think Rafa Benitez can take Newcastle to a top six finish?’
“It is a very tough competition in the Premier League and you have to be at the top of your game week-in week-out in order to be successful in this league.
“If anyone can get Newcastle to a top six finish it would be Rafa Benitez but it will take time.
“Winning any kind of trophy next season will be really difficult as the level of competition is so high.
“Rafa’s priority will be staying in the league first and foremost.”
‘What was Rafa Benitez like as a manager?’
“Everyone knows Rafa is a great manager.
“His attention to detail sets him apart from a lot of managers in the Premier League.
“He also prepares his teams like no other manager.
“His training sessions are always well organised and he always makes sure that every player knows their role inside out.
“I have great memories of Rafa from that (2004/05) season. It was an unbelievable achievement to win the Champions League and a lot of credit has to go to Rafa for that.”
‘What are the biggest strengths of the England side?’
“England’s biggest strengths are the way they set up and the system they play, the composure they have and their style of football. England’s performances have been very surprising, as they are finally producing the quality of football everybody knew they could, with the system of three at the back consisting of players who like to keep the ball on the floor, trying to find solutions, passing the ball forward and taking risks.
“Harry Kane is in great goalscoring form and alongside Sterling, those two are like an old-fashioned English duo up front, posing a constant threat to the opposition even when they don’t really look dangerous. With those two players up front, England will always have a chance on the counter-attack. England look really good, they didn’t have a balanced team for so many years and now they have that, they are where they are.”
‘What’s your prediction for Croatia vs England? Who do you think will win?’
“Croatia have had mixed results against England in the past and the team will be tired from the last two games, but in a semi-final of this importance all the players will be fit enough to give their best. England may be the slight favourite but for Croatia it seems like it’s written for us to go all the way. All the people in Croatia feel that no matter how we play or who we play against, Croatia will go all the way, which would be our biggest success as a sporting nation, considering we have a population of around four million.”
‘Who do you think is the key man for Croatia and who do England have to beware of?’
“Luka Modric is playing really, really well. He’s the best player in the Croatian team but there are a few more players who are able to win games and score goals out of nothing. Andrej Kramarić is a player who’s not a big name, but he’s really confident and will pose a threat. He had a difficult season at Leicester, but now he’s matured and he’s had a really good season in Germany with Hoffenheim. But if I had to choose one player it would be Luka Modric, he is the one player who can always make something out of nothing. He’s very strong on the ball and everyone in the Croatia team will look to him.”