Rafa BenÝtez Highlights before Leicester

11/04/2019Various Media



'Lejeune is obviously injured. The rest of the players are available. Diame is back'

"It is exactly the same situation as before. We are just waiting. I just want to focus on the game and getting three points".

"I had confidence we could beat Palace, and we did enough to get at least one point but it didn’t happen. We have to keep treating every game as a final. We will try to beat Leicester. Hopefully I will not be right that Fulham could be a crucial game at the end".

"They are a good team, and were before Rodgers got there. They have some very good young players, as well as experience with Vardy and Morgan. Now they have more confidence and it will be tough for us".

"I was in contact with Lejeune and I have seen him today. The point now is to decide where to have the operation. Normally he will go to Rome. Last time he came back in 4 months, and he is unlucky now. We hope he has a good operation and comes back soon".

"When Florian was not playing, we were not doing so well. When he came back, he helped us because he is comfortable on the ball. We can play with 4 or 5 at the back. We can manage, but it is never good to lose such an important player".


"The debate is quite simple. We have to buy good players. When I signed for Napoli, the president Aurelio De Laurentiis had ambition, and he wanted to improve. He wanted to go to Europe and be there every year.

"So we signed Reina, Higuain, [Raul] Albiol, Mertens, Callejon, with money from [Edinson] Cavani. Selling Cavani got us around €60m (£51.7m)".

"The year after, we signed [Kalidou] Koulibaly and Jorginho. Just by selling Higuaín and Jorginho, the club got €140m (£120.6m), so it was a massive profit. And they still have Koulibaly and all these players, and you know the prices of these players.

"They have guaranteed in the last four years to be in Europe - either in the Europa League or the Champions League.

"That means when you have the potential, you can do that. You can see the potential here. That is what you are looking for."

"Until the end of the season, you do not know what is going on - whether you will be stay in the Premier League or [be relegated] to the Championship".


"It is exactly the same situation that I had before, so I am waiting and the main thing if I am asked about this is just to talk about the game, and I just try to get three points".

"We know that we are close and we just have to keep pushing and not play with any complacency - just try to do what we did for so many months".

"I said before that 38 points could be enough but now maybe not. We just have to try and get three points and the rest of the things depend sometimes on the results at the weekend".