Budden hor, as I was reading the other football stories in today's online newspapers, I came across two particular headlines and quotes attributed to Rafael Benitez:
Benitez Expected Gerrard To Scoop Award
"I was waiting, maybe expecting, to hear that Steven Gerrard would win the European Footballer of the Year award..."
"Peter Crouch... has been the key [to Liverpool's rise in form], keeping the ball for us and giving us so much."
Steven Gerrard was only on the Ballon D'Or shortlist because of one match in Istanbul, and even Rafa acknowledges this.
"I felt he could have won it this time, [because] he played in the Champions League final in three different positions and was our inspiration."
I tried so hard, but could not get past the fact that the second headline above implies Rafael Benitez is encouraging the biggest softie in Merseyside to skip instead of walk like a man. Of course, calling Harry Kewell the biggest softie in Merseyside will cause many a debate, as there would be many others who will argue that Luis Garcia or Boudewijn Zenden deserve that award instead.
[Photo of Harry Kewell taking a dive vs Chelsea taken from The Melbourne Age]