No lap of honour for Benitez

first_img Press Association “I received hundreds of messages, more than 200 messages on the website, from Chelsea fans saying ‘thank you very much’. For me that is enough, and also the players telling me things privately. The majority of [the supporters] were very positive in the end. That is good. We couldn’t change the opinion of some of them. We tried to do our best until the end.” The defeat of Everton was Chelsea’s 28th win in 48 games of Benitez’s seven-month reign, during which the Spaniard had to endure vitriol from a hostile support. The fans’ disdain dissipated following Benitez’s outspoken appeal at Middlesbrough in February, when he called for them to use their energies to back the team, rather than barrack him. With champions Manchester United and Manchester City under new management next term, Benitez is confident Chelsea can challenge for the title under his successor, whether it is Mourinho or not. “This team will be challenging for the title next year,” Benitez added. “It has been a great experience. We’ve taken a team, a team in transition with young players, and now we have left a good team, with more experience, with good character, scoring goals, more balance. I think it will be good for the next manager, because he will have a very good team and also the owner [Roman Abramovich] will bring in more players.” Benitez does not know what awaits him and would not be drawn on his future beyond Monday’s departure to the United States for the end of season tour, but his former Merseyside rival immediately begins work as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Old Trafford. Moyes said: “I’ll probably be doing two jobs for the next week or so. I’m sad that I’m leaving Everton. Look at the players. I brought every one of them, except Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman, who were already here. I hope every one of them will think it was worthwhile joining Everton. “I hope I’m leaving the club in a better condition than when I took over and I think the group of players they’ve got are a top group of players.” Rafael Benitez led Chelsea to third place in the Barclays Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Everton before deciding not to bid farewell to his fiercest critics, the home supporters at Stamford Bridge.center_img After Fernando Torres’ first Premier League goal of 2013 sealed a 2-1 win over Manchester United-bound David Moyes’ Toffees, captain John Terry, midfielder Frank Lampard and utility man Paulo Ferreira addressed the crowd, whose celebrations included a chorus for Jose Mourinho. None of the trio mentioned Benitez, who opted to leave the lap of appreciation for the players, after succeeding in his mission to lead Chelsea to a Champions League return and silverware, with Wednesday’s Europa League final win. “It’s for the families and the players,” said Benitez, who was praised by the players following the defeat of Benfica. last_img read more

Víctor Ruiz and Jordi Quintillà: “Seeing you leader gives you the right to dream”

first_img“The main objective is permanence, but seeing you as a leader allows you to dream” Jordi Quintillà Victor Ruiz, in San Galo from the winter market of 2019, is going through Switzerland “a great moment”. “I arrived in a country completely opposite to Spain and it was difficult for me to adapt, but it was a toll that I had to pay. I was always clear that I wanted to succeed in St. Gallen and I am currently very comfortable. When nobody gives you anything, it tastes much better, “adds Ruiz, who threw the corner that ended up meaning the draw against Basel. He did not participate in any of the goals Jordi Quintillà, but he was included in the ideal eleven of the week. Something that The former Barça values ​​because “it means that my work as a midfielder is appreciated”. “It is the week that I am most satisfied. My importance in the team has increased compared to last year. The staff has undergone many changes and that has given me the responsibility of leading the team, “he values.After reaching the leadership of the Swiss Super League, San Galo has earned the right to dream. “The main objective is permanence, but seeing you as a leader allows you to dream“, Quintillà slides, who predicts that it will be” respect for the rivals “, which will lead them to do” great things “.” I don’t think about the championship, but the option of getting it is no longer a dream, it’s a reality ” “Victor Ruiz, for his part, values ​​that the team has reached the first position in February:” There are only three months left and it is not the same as being a leader in September, “he adds. The Valencian reveals that St. Gallen”will fight for everything until the end “.One of the secrets of the success of St. Gallen is the good atmosphere that is breathed in the dressing room. “We call ourselves ‘crazy boys’ because we are young and we all get along very well. When the music plays, no matter whether it is in French or Spanish, we all dance like crazy and that joy is later reflected in the field, “Víctor Ruiz completes.center_img Surely you can count on the fingers of one hand the inhabitants of San Galo who have ever heard of SD Formentera or Puerto Rico FC. They are the clubs from where they arrived at FC St. Gallen two of the great stars of the current leader of the Swiss First Division. The two also speak Spanish: The Valencian Victor Ruiz he is the team’s top assistant (8) and I excused him Jordi Quintillà He leads the table of top gunners (9) despite exercising as a midfielder.“Alain Sutter, the sports director, is looking for people with a good base, as is my case, that I played at FC Barcelona, ​​to re-engage them in elite football and obtain profitability both economically and sportively,” Quintillà revealed to AS last November . It is the formula with which Sutter took them to St. Gallen in the 2018/19 exercise. After a season in which they stayed at the gates of Europe, Switzerland’s oldest club dreams of conquering its first league in the last 20 years.Last weekend, St. Gallen achieved an agonizing victory in the field of Basel, winner of the Super League 20 times. A triumph that meant “the best moment” of Victor Ruiz in a soccer field. “It allowed us to reach the leadership and collect the fruit of all the work we have been doing this season,” adds the Valencian. “We live it like every game: with a lot of confidence. We knew that if we won we would finish the day in first position,” Quintillà completes.last_img read more