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Benayoun on recent form by lfctalk
March 5, 2009, 10:09
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Yossi Benayoun has praised Rafa Benitez for his managerial approach and emphasis on continued success.

“I have come to appreciate that, at a big club like Liverpool, you can’t take anything for granted,” he said.

“With the number of top players we’ve got, you accept you are not always going to be playing and that you have to give it everything, when your chance comes along. That is fine with me. If I found myself going three or four months without setting foot on the pitch, it might be different. But as things stand, that is not an issue with me. I feel settled, and I’m happy to be contributing.”

“I am also learning how things work here. You can score a very famous goal, an absolutely crucial one, and it will all be forgotten the following day, as far as the manager is concerned.”

“He only thinks of the next challenge, and that is how it should be. It has taught me you can’t celebrate too long or rest on your laurels, and I am already looking at my goal in Madrid that way.”

“For me, it will only be important if we go all the way and win the Champions League. Otherwise, it will count for nothing.”

“It was madness in our changing rooms in Madrid last week, after we won, and I had to take my mobile phone into the toilets to call my family. It was the only way I could make myself heard,” he said.

“Everyone was screaming and shouting, except for the manager, of course. He was his usual calm self. He didn’t even congratulate us or shake hands, never mind join in all the hugs and backslapping that was going on.”

“That’s just how he is, and I am beginning to understand why. He is very professional, and he wants us to be the same all the time. He won’t stand for any of us getting carried away or feeling we are superior to anyone else.”

“He likes keeping you on your toes. He only announced the team two hours before kick-off.”


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