Rafa Benítez remembers Valencia CF in his first days as a coach at Everton, a club he has reached despite threats from his fans. The former Valencian coach, UEFA Champions League champion, one of the most successful coaches in the history of Valencia CF, a legend for Valencian fans, remembered the Mestalla team in his early days as Everton coach.
Thus, asked about the objectives and what would be considered a success in his new club, he commented: “My approach, since I was in Valencia, was to go game by game. I know how the team finished last year, we will try to do better. I prefer do it like that. Let’s walk around and see if we can get it right. ” assured.
Of course, in his time as a Valencian player he learned through thick and thin and, after the double, he left, still having one year of his contract ahead of him.
Rafa Benítez, 61, has significant experience managing elite clubs
Rafa Benítez, 61, has significant experience managing elite clubs. In the past he led the reins of several Spanish clubs, mainly Valencia (2001-2004), with which he twice won LaLiga Santander, a UEFA Europa League and Real Madrid (2015-2016), but he also coached Liverpool in England (2004-2010) and Chelsea (2012-2013), as well as Inter Milan (2010) and Naples (2013-2015) in Italy. His last experience had been in China, in charge of Dalian Yifang (2019-2021).
His greatest success as a coach was achieved in the Liverpool, conquering the Champions League in its first season, with an unforgettable comeback against Milan in Istanbul. With Valencia he was twice champion of the Spanish League (2002, 2004), with Inter Milan he won the Club World Cup in 2010 and with Chelsea he raised the Europa League in 2013.
Benítez’s first game for Everton in the 2021-2022 Premier League will be on August 14 against Southampton. Everton’s duels against Liverpool in the English league are scheduled for 30 November at Goodison Park and at Anfield in April.