Le Kaiser qui défend Rafa :
|Hamann: Riera not done enough to have an opinion about Benitez |
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Didi Hamann has come out to defend Rafa Benitez following Albert Riera's scathing attack on the Liverpool manager.The
former Liverpool midfielder says Riera isn't in a position to criticise
Rafa and he insists that he had no problems while playing under him at
Hamann said: "I didn't read too
much into the comments because he's a player who has not played too
much football over the last six to eight months.
"He is clearly frustrated but you have to say since he signed for
Liverpool he has not done enough to really have an opinion on the
"If Riera is not in the team it is probably because he is not doing enough in training or in games.
"You have players these days who complain about managers and I think these players should look at themselves.
"The first question you have to ask when you are not playing is have you done enough to be in the team.
"These days it happens too often with players who can't get in the team and the first thing they do is blame the manager.
"I can honestly say I have never had a problem with a manager in 15
years of my career and I would never blame a manager for not playing.
"Every manager has his different styles and he may not talk, as other
managers do, to his players but at the end of the day I always had a
professional relationship with him.
player is different and he does speak to players. If he didn't speak to
Riera on this particular occasion there must have been a reason.
"I never really needed much conversation with the manager because his team selection told you everything most weeks.
"I think he was always pretty honest in terms of his team selection - he always did what he thought was best for the team.
think Liverpool are far from a sinking ship. They are having a bad
season by their standards but not all hope is lost and there are eight
or 10 weeks ahead of them so it is all to play for.
"It (Riera's outburst) is very disruptive and I don't know whether he
will play any further part in the rest of the season.
"If he didn't it would be understandable from the manager's point of view."