Benitez to Juventus? Not likely

October 8, 2008

The press in both Italy and Britain are speculating that Juventus want Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez to replace Claudio Ranieri.

On face value the rumour looks plausible.

Juve have not won in four games and there is talk of dressing room unrest while Benitez has obviously had his run-ins with the bosses at Anfield, which is looking no nearer to demolition and a nearby stadium built.

Looking at the situation closely, however, and the story seems like a tabloid tale on a quiet day.

Yes Juve have not had a great start but Sunday’s 2-1 home defeat by Palermo was only their first loss of the season. The Turin side are also struggling with injuries.

The club hierarchy have fully backed Ranieri while it is an interesting fact that Juve have not sacked any coach since Luis Carniglia back in 1969. Lippi, Deschamps, Capello etc all resigned.

There also seems less reason at the moment for Benitez to quit or be forced out at Liverpool. Fans are actually beginning to believe that this could finally be their year in the Premier League after an exciting start.

Rafa wouldn’t want to drag his Spanish contingent off to Italy just yet.


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I don’t think there is anyting in this one. Benitez may well end up in Italy one day but for the first time in a while Liverpool are starting to show a bit more than just promise.

He’ll still be there for this season at least.

Posted by Neil | Report as abusive

The fact that Rafa stayed during the (ongoing) Tom & George debacle demonstrates his dedication. He finally has the squad that he wants (maybe minus a winger, fullback or two), so I don’t think he’s going anywhere anytime soon. And keep the “could finally be the year” talk on the down low…don’t jinx it! :-)

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