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    Liverpool

    Rafael Benitez says he has come to Liverpool with the intention of making the Reds the best club in Europe once again. Benitez admits he is motivated by the fact Liverpool want to be the best club and win titles, and while the manager makes no promises or raises false expectations he insists he wants to make the supporters proud of the team. Benitez said: "Valencia were a great club but they do not have the demands of a Real Madrid or a Barcelona. Liverpool has those big expectations, and that's why I wanted to come to this club. "Liverpool is one of the most important clubs in the world and I want to win in the right way. I want the supporters to be proud of the team. "This is a big challenge for me but I want to be the best and Liverpool expects the best. I don't want to say that I will win things in one year or two years, but if we work hard at everything, then people will see that we are doing the right things."
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    Liverpool

    New Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez breezed into Anfield like a breath of fresh air this afternoon and declared himself a very proud man. Suitably attired in a red tie and smart suit, 'Rafa' marked the dawning of a new era at Liverpool Football Club with a beaming smile and admitted it is a dream come true. Rafael Benitez"I am a very, very proud man today," said Benitez. "All the coaches in Spain like to work for the best clubs and Liverpool is one of the most important clubs in the world. "It is like a dream to be here. I am not here to learn English. I want to win. I want the the supporters to be proud of the team, the manager, the players and the club."
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    Liverpool

    Rafael Benitez has today been confirmed as the new Liverpool manager. The former Valencia manager follows Gerard Houllier into the Kop hotseat and will take charge of his first game against Celtic on July 26. Rafael Benitez is the first Spaniard to manage Liverpool and the capture of his services is a shrewd one by the club. There is no doubting his credentials after leading Valencia to a league and UEFA Cup double in 2004, overcoming the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona. It was Valencia's second La Liga title in three years under Benitez. Indeed, in his first season in charge at Valencia he led the club to their first La Liga title for 31 years and quickly became something of a legend amongst the Valencia fans. Benitez was born in Madrid in April 1960 and during his days as a player had a spell with the mighty Real Madrid. He never played for Real though and spent most of his career in the lower leagues in Spain. It was his coaching that made him the man he is today. He started out coaching the youngsters at Real Madrid in 1986 and was in charge of their youth team. Unhappy spells in charge of Spanish teams Valladolid and Osasuna followed before he led Second Division side Extremadura to promotion in 1997. During the 1999/2000 season Benitez took a year out to study coaching methods in Italy and England, which certainly stood him in good stead on his return to management. He studied coaching at Manchester United and Arsenal which certainly gave him a good insight into English football. He returned as head coach of Second Division side Tenerife in 2000 and a year later was to be the start of a fairytale success story with Valencia. His appointment as successor to Hector Cuper was met with mixed reaction and questioned by fans and pundits alike. However Benitez was to have the last laugh as Valencia won the league title. The following season was disappointing and like Liverpool, Valencia finished fifth in the league. However they did have a good run in the Champions League and reached the quarter-finals. Liverpool fans will well remember coming up againstValencia in the Champions League and we lost twice, 2-0 at the Mestalla Stadium and 1-0 at Anfield. Many fans and pundits remarked after those games how well Valencia had played and were honest in the fact that Valencia outclassed Liverpool in both matches. Not many argued against that point. Benitez is something of a perfectionist and is a very technical coach who uses computer technology to monitor his players' diets and physical development. He also has a degree in Physical Education.
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    Liverpool

    In December 1959, the Liverpool Echo's football correspondent famously wrote the following words to mark the appointment of Bill Shankly as the new Liverpool manager... 'If every Anfield fan could talk with Shankly as I did, they could not help but be impressed by the sincerity of the man; his enthusiasm for the job and his burning desire to improve the side he joins.' Fast forward 45 years and those same comments could be penned about the 11th post-war incumbent of the Liverpool hot-seat, Rafael Benitez. And just like the legendary Scot, the 44-year old Spaniard has the potential to revive the Anfield glory days. It would be unfair, however, to call him the new Shanks. Rafael Benitez is his own man and he arrives on Merseyside armed with one of the most impressive track records in European football. Intelligent and ambitious, the new boss is not one to make rash statements of intent as he takes his first tentative steps in the job. The challenge he faces at Liverpool is an almighty one and he's well aware of that. But he knows what needs to be done and he has confidence in his ability to make this football club great again. Charming and well mannered, Benitez is also an instantly likeable figure. He jokingly admits it may take him some time getting to grips with the local Scouse accent. With a huge smile on his face he's promised to work on this and he's looking forward to his new life in the Liverpool.
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    Liverpool

    Liverpoolfc.tv: Senor Benitez welcome to Liverpool, it must be a delight to take over the reigns as Liverpool manager? Rafael Benitez: I am very proud to be manager of Liverpool Football Club. We need to try and win titles and win things. It was a special opportunity for me to come to Liverpool. I am always trying to win and it is a challenge for me. I spoke with my wife and we know England is different to Valencia but it is something new and exciting. For my children it is good for them to speak a new language and we are all looking forward to it. You are aware of what Liverpool has achieved in the past and you come here with the expectation that you can bring them back to that level. How confident are you Rafael in your own ability to achieve that? I know the great history of Liverpool Football Club. I think that Gerard Houllier is a very good manager and football can be difficult sometimes as you can't always achieve what you want. I have confidence in myself, I have confidence in my staff and have confidence in the players. I know that I am at a great club. Towards the end of Gerard Houllier's reign here people were getting disappointed with the style of football that he was playing. Are you going to play an exciting style of football that will have fans on the edge of their seats as we say? I will try to do it yes. Football is special. If I know that the players are always working hard and giving 100 per cent every game then it is easy for me. I cannot say we will go all out attack and no defence but we will be a good team. I want the players to understand my ideas and we all want the same thing which is to win. Djibril Cisse was signed by the club before you came here. Are you happy with that signing? Djibril Cisse is a very good player. A lot of players that I have seen at Liverpool are very good players. They just need to have full confidence in themselves to get the best out of them every game. What is the biggest thing that Liverpool have to change in order to become a club that is challenging better for the Premiership title? Not a lot. This is a big club and sometimes you might need to change only one thing. That is sometimes enough to change the mentality, spirit of everybody. I need to talk with all the staff and then after I will decide whether to change this and that. I have my own ideas as I have seen the matches. A lot of the things I have seen have been good. We will have to see. How important is it that Liverpool sign world class players leading up to the new season? At my old club Valencia we didn't have a lot of money. We need the right players for our team. We need to think about what we want and after that we will do the right thing. Rafael Benitez How important is it that you keep Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard at Anfield? I want to work hard and give the team a style that is the same level as the other top teams. My mentality is to win, their mentality is to win and it would be good for us to keep them at Anfield, as they are very good players and very important for us. As far as your backroom staff go, will you be bringing in your own staff with you or do the likes of Phil Thompson and Sammy Lee stay? I think that some members of my staff will come with me. I will talk with Rick Parry about it. I want to talk to Phil, Sammy, Alex Miller, everybody because I have my ideas. I need to understand what they do and how they do it. Then we will see. Is it more difficult to win the Premiership in England than the Spanish league which you won twice? Here you have Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United while in Spain you have Deportivo La Coruna, Valencia, Real Madrid and Barcelona, so it's almost the same. You broke the domination of Real Madrid by leading Valencia to the Spanish title twice in the last three years. Do you see the Liverpool job as a similar challenge? This is an exciting challenge. I try to do the same right things I did at Valencia. For me the players here are very good. We need to obtain our mentality, a winning mentality. A player needs to know what he needs to do for the team and what is best for the team. We need to be organised and you can win matches if you do the right things. You take on a team that finished fourth in the Premiership and faces a qualifier to get into the Champions League. As a foreign coach who has had experience of the Champions League where do your priorities lie, the Premiership title or Champions League? At Valencia I was asked the same question. My answer is I prefer to try and win everything. My responsibility is to think perhaps about the title but for the players it is to concentrate on the next match they play.
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    Liverpool

    Rafael Benitez says he is excited and proud to be leading Liverpool FC into a new era and added his main objective is to win things. The new Liverpool manager has revealed he wants to land major prizes with Liverpool and believes everybody at the club needs to want the same thing and be heading in the right direction. Benitez said: "We need to improve how to do the right things and I need to talk to the players and staff to know how the Premiership mentality is. "I've noticed the players here fight and have spirit. I've spoken with my friend Steve McClaren and asked him 'how do you obtain this spirit?' He said 'we just have it' but in Spain it is different. "I hope the players at Liverpool like us think it's possible for us to win more things, but I'm not going to say it will take one, two or three years. The most important thing is to be a team and for every player to know what they have to do on the field. "It means a lot of hours working with and talking with players - it's what is best for the team that matters not what is best for the player. "I didn't come here to learn English, I've come to win and I want the players to have the same mentality - if not it's impossible to play against other teams. "I am a very, very proud man because all the coaches in Spain like to be at the best club. We know Liverpool are one of the most important clubs in the world. "The feeling when you come here to Anfield and see all the supporters is wonderful for a foreign manager. I know the history of Liverpool Football Club. It is big, wonderful. "I am young and I want to win a lot of matches and I want to win in the right way. I want the supporters to be proud of the team, of the manager, the players and the club. It is a dream to come to one of the best leagues in the world, one of the best teams." Benitez says Liverpool are well known to people in Spain and says the club has an outstanding reputation. Benitez said: "My assistant at Valencia told me when he was younger he wrote letters to Liverpool tellingthem he needed some shirts for his village team. Liverpool sent him the shirts. "Always when we see the Premiership on TV we see Liverpool and it is wonderful. I hope to be here a long time and this is a big challenge for me." Benitez also said decisions about his coaching staff will be finalised shortly.
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