Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Torres: Rafa has made me a better player

Fernando Torres has saluted Rafa Benitez by stating the Liverpool manager has made him a better player says today’s Echo. Torres says Benítez looks at 'every minor detail and movement,' and that 'he's obsessed you understand what you're doing and why'.

"Rafa concentrates on the professional side of things. He tries to improve every minor detail and movement you carry out during the course of a game and he also explains the reasons behind his decisions.”

"He's obsessed that you understand what you are doing and why. He's not happy that you do things just because he tells you that something has to be done. He says: 'Do it like this. Do you understand why you are being told to do so? No? We'll go through it again then'.

"I remember when I signed for the club people were questioning me as a goalscorer. I received criticism because I wasn't getting goals. The first thing he told me was that I was signed to score goals. Benítez is adamant that I live in the [penalty] area because that's where you get goals. That was the first thing he told me, the wing is for the wingers, and that the striker should be focused on the two rival centre-backs."

“The Spain team play very differently, we have to be constantly on the move. In England I have to draw the centre-back out of place so that Steve Gerrard can burst through.”

“The way I view things has changed a lot in the last two years,” he revealed. Since I joined Liverpool I have enjoyed my time a lot more. I am no longer carrying all the responsibility I shouldered from my time at Atletico Madrid. I was the captain and a supporter at the same time, and the combination was unbearable."

“In Liverpool my quality of life has improved. I can do things here that would be unthinkable in Madrid. It was as if having come from Madrid meant that I would have everything I needed to be happy, but was nothing like that."

“Madrid was killing me. I couldn’t go to the cinema, shopping; the team weren’t doing well, it was a constant anguish. Here it’s the opposite. You get used to winning, you can go out and about, the people on the street respect your privacy.”

No comments:

Post a Comment