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Benitez won the Spanish league with a team of relative unknown. He is trying to do so here, going for players that can play his style rather than just go for star status.
I saw Sinama Pongolle played in the Super Cup. I think he will get more game. Notice that he does not do so well in the EPL just like Garcia. Both lightweight. But in European game, they come alive.
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Agreed, that is precisely the point. Rafa is good at building a team for European competitions, but he shows very little success on British soil. One of the reasons is the players he bought are all from Spain/Port (with the exception of Crouch). These players lack pace and don't chase after the ball. However, in the EPL, you need to do a lot of chasing. I am worried that we may come 5th again this season, behind Chelsea, Man U, Arsenal and Tot. But this year, we may not be so lucky to win the CL.
He's actually very good, probably best player in portuguese superleague last few seasons. Drawbacks: he has failed miserably in National side and Barcelona likewise, stating the fact that he had left his beloved Portugal as the main reason for this....that doesn't bode so well, and also he is somewhat injury prone, although that has improved over the last few years.
Think Cristiano Ronaldo crossed with Figo, and maybe a little of Paul Scholes thrown in for good measure (the build maybe, and the nature of his runs - sadly not the finishing though) - his service from the flanks is usually very good. Again a drawback though - he is essentially a left sided player (though he does play well on the right too), and his best performances have all come from this side of the park.....Man U wanted him as replacement for Giggs last season, but he said he wasn't interested back then.
Good: yes; world class: not so sure yet - possibly; PriceTag: way too much, maybe worth half that realistically; will he adapt ? I have my doubts, but at this point (window closing) I'll take anything that has promise...!