Rafa vs Big Sam

Report by Giorgio Pirelli

Previous weekend’s English Premier League sport between Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers noticed the ongoing feud involving Rafa Benitez and Sam Allardyce hit new heights with their comments in the media

Each time they meet now they bait every other with comments obviously developed to provoke a single one more. Last season in Liverpool’s four- house win towards Blackburn Sir Alex Ferguson, a shut personal pal and ally of Large Sam, accused Benitez of displaying “disrespect” in direction of Blackburn and Allardyce when he manufactured a what he interpreted as a dismissive gesture that means ‘game over’ when Liverpool scored their second objective. Allardyce agreed that he imagined it was disrespectful and each had egg all about their faces when replays and Benitez’s explanation showed that the gesture appeared to indicate ‘whatever – what do I know?’ when Xavi Alonso ignored Rafa’s directions at a totally free kick but set up a fantastic target. The feud has grown from there.

In the lead-up to the game Huge Sam accused Rafa of attempting to impact the referees by sending them a video clip highlighting Allardyce’s team’s foul play. The match at the weekend reinforced this with Blackburn Rovers conceding more totally free kicks than any team in any Premier League game this time, whilst also becoming demonstrated 5 yellow cards. Replays advised that there was a situation for two straight red cards from foul play on Lucas Leiva and Maxi Rodriguez.

Soon after Liverpool’s 2- victory Rafa turned up the heat on Allardyce’s detrimental and overly physical techniques in the post-match press conference with some highly amusing and ironic feedback.

“I think he is a model for all the managers all all around the planet,” stated Benitez.

“His style of football, his behaviour, anything. He is the perfect position model for all the youngsters. I am confident mother and father will take pleasure in this product and inspire their little ones to be the exact same.

“I also believe Barcelona are attempting to duplicate his type of football.”

“But if they (Blackburn) are happy at how they play underneath this supervisor that is their decision.

“We choose to win attempting to play well.

“We can win on the pitch and appreciate, whereas some individuals have to speak just before the game and after. Possibly it is a lot more difficult for them to do a football career.”

Allardyce, not surprisingly was on the defensive in his publish-match feedback.

“I only have a go at Liverpool since Liverpool have a go at me and because I am entitled to respond when I get criticised by Rafa Benitez,” stated a sniveling Allardyce.

“I am entitled to respond to that. If you really don’t understand that about the previous number of years you should be deluded.

“Several, numerous other occasions I have been criticised personally by the supervisor.

“All I stated was they received 6 bookings at Manchester City so they are digging the games out now fairly than the flowing football they played.

“We got five bookings and 25 fouls towards us which was for me a incorrect reflection on how we played.

“We played extremely, quite effectively and if you want to criticize us for the bookings we acquired and the fouls we gave away then that is completely up to you.”

My verdict: Rafa wins yet again. Large Sam has a lot more egg on his face. Regardless of whether or not the teams that Allardyce has coached have worn the soccer uniforms of Blackburn or Bolton, the football they generate is brutal, unfavorable and unsightly.

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