As a result, Benítez was appointed coach of Valencia and he proved himself to be amongst the top Spanish managers by winning La Liga in the 2001–02 season—Don Balón and El País named him Manager of the Year. In 2004, another La Liga league title and a UEFA Cup victory were added. However, a disagreement between Benítez and the club director over team investment caused the Spaniard to switch to English Premier League club Liverpool.
Benítez was a high achiever in his first season as he guided Liverpool to victory in the UEFA Champions League in 2005, the highest honour in European club football. He also won the FA Cup in 2006 and reached the 2007 Champions League Final, but remained unable to win the Premier League, with Liverpool's best performance under Benítez a second-place finish in 2008–09.
He parted company with Liverpool in June 2010 and subsequently managed Inter Milan, whom he guided to the Supercoppa Italiana and FIFA Club World Cup titles, but he was dismissed midway through the 2010–11 season. In November 2012 he was appointed interim manager of Chelsea for the remainder of the season, and won the 2013 Europa League title.
Rafa came back Italy in 2013 to coach Napoli. As a coach of the team, he won Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana.
It is meaningful that he has won at least one trophy or got promotion with every team he has coached since 1997.
The FM 2015 Tactic
This tactic is identical to what Rafa Benitez uses in real life. He is well known for setting his team up to be able to get a point away from home but also his team play some of the best counter attacking football all the time. All the tactics at FmBoss.net are championship winning tactics and this tactic is no different. Some may say that Rafa is a defensive coach but I beg to differ he is like Mounrinho he believes that if the opposition do not score they can not win and his teams always take this image.
Always remember "Attack wins you games... Defense wins you Titles!!!"
I tested the tactics with Ajax a good team but they lack experience and although may be expected to win the Dutch Championship they need a lot of guidance. Guidance is what I gave them. I also did something else, I put Davy Klaassen and Lasse Schone into the reserves eliminating all slow players from the squad. The team was immediately breaking with pace at will, always 2 -3 passes and goal.
Always remember that slow players are a weakness always try to use fastest players available to you. I played against elite team Arsenal and they struggled to beat me at the Emirates and I dominated at Home.
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Discussion: Rafa Benitez 4-2-3-1 FM15 Tactics
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I prefer to use a Fluid team shape, but it appears not to cause big impact, is more like a personal taste.
Thank you so much!