It turns out Rafa Benitez is obsessed with football coaching and tactics.
Who woulda thought it?
The Newcastle boss, who’s managed the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Valencia and Real Madrid in a 32-year career, says he’s keen to follow in the footsteps of Sunday’s rival Roy Hodgson and coach until he’s 70.
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Speaking ahead of the clash against Crystal Palace, Benitez said: “At the moment I have to say yes, I will be managing at 70 because I have that passion of football, I like my job.
“You have managers doing this job for years because of the energy that we have, the passion and the desire for winning.
“With the desire for winning I have, I cannot see a normal life for myself.”
In fact, it seems Benitez’s passion for the game extends to his home life, where even the simple task of washing the dishes extends to an impromptu tactics session.
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He added: “My wife and my daughters – but especially my wife – say, ‘Hello, haven’t you had enough?’
“But at the same time, when you are at home and you are moving plates and glasses around the kitchen in a 4-4-2… they say, ‘Go!’.”
We can only imagine, Rafa.
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