David Ruiz

Daily paper Marca, Editor for International Football.
"Born to Coach"
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"Rafa Benítez was born to sit on the bench. He already knew this when he was starting out as a youth player at Real Madrid and at Parla. He also knew that to realize his goal in life he would have to row against the tide in stormy waters.

"His natural ability to manage a group and his ceaseless capacity for work woud sooner or later give him the the chance".
But this never worried him in the least. Confident that his solid foundation, his natural ability to manage a group and his ceaseless capacity for work would sooner or later give him the chance yearned for by those thousands of coaches who have had the good fortune to break through.

"Rafa introduced new methods wich helped him to get the most from his squads".
An inveterate student of football, he foresaw, like no-one else in our country, the need to look to the future, introducing new methods which helped him to get the most from his squads. Neither the successes nor the failures over the past 25 years implementing his new ideas affected one iota his loyalty to or faith in the people who accompanied with him on each of his adventures.

At Valencia and Liverpool, he is loved not only because he gave them back the happiness of earlier times but also because of his honesty and humility both of which have been with him since he first hung a whistle round his neck at the old Real Madrid Training Ground".