How Did Rafa Rate The Teams Performance On Saturday?

As reported by the Chronicle, Rafa Benitez has explained why he changed his formation for Saturday’s game against Birmingham City.

When asked about the formation, Benitez said:  “We wanted to manage in a way that was more similar to what we were trying to do and get more from it.

“But in terms of the defence and the midfielders, I was trying to protect some players who were not playing too much to be sure we have numbers there.”

He also defended his decision, adding: “I think it [the formation] was fine,”

“It was fine for 30 minutes, and after we needed a little bit more control but maybe we didn’t have the legs to cope with the pace of the game.

“In possession we could maybe do a little bit better, we gave the ball away too much and so we had to defend a lot.

“I was happy with a lot of things but we can improve the understanding – we can improve some obvious things.”


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