Sporting Chapters

Former Liverpool boss recounts his time at the club

Sporting Chapters - Rafa Benitez

Benitez: Fond memories

Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is the latest name to tell Sporting Chapters about his career.

The Spaniard will forever be remembered for leading Liverpool to the most remarkable Champions League Final success of all time.

The story of that 2005 game has gone down in folklore: Liverpool 3-0 down at half-time produced an astounding comeback to level the match and eventually win on penalties.

Milan got their revenge when the teams met again in the 2006-07 Champions League Final and Benitez was unable to end the Red's league title drought, although although they finished runners-up to Manchester United in 2008-09.

After missing out on Champions League qualification in 2009-10 and following continued problems with the club's board, former Valencia boss Benitez left Liverpool in June 2010.

That summer he went to Inter Milan but, despite winning the Club World Cup, poor league form saw him dismissed in December 2010.

Benitez remains best known for his Champions League highs and lows with Liverpool and he met skysports.com's Kait Borsay at the Melia White House Hotel to talk about his new book Champions League Dreams which tells all, including:

HALF-TIME HEROICS - what did Benitez say to inspire his downbeat troops when they were 3-0 behind at the break against Milan?

FORTUNE - were Liverpool lucky or did their half-time change in tactics make the difference?

RESOURCES - Benitez discusses his managerial skills and what he brings to the job.

COACHING - Benitez says he likes to have a hands-on approach when it comes to coaching his players.

PENALTIES - Benitez reveals how he prepares his sides for penalty shoot out success.

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