It was said Rafa Benitez would be fired if he didn't win the Club World Cup, so he has a message for the club. “Now I need support.”
Inter thumped Mazembe 3-0 to become world champions today and appear to have made his job safe.
“I am very happy and want to dedicate this victory to all the people who worked with us and had faith in us,” he told Mediaset Premium.
“Clearly I need to talk to President Massimo Moratti and director Marco Branca. Now I need support and if that exists, then we can do well together.”
When asked what exactly he meant by ‘support,' Benitez explained his position.
“I spoke to Moratti with regards to the transfer market and he knows what it's about. Plus in the past I heard a lot of criticism and in a polite way I pointed them out.
“If Inter want me as their Coach, then they must allow me to control everything that happens within the squad. Support has to be from start to finish, 100 per cent. Otherwise, you don't win.
“This team is still not physically sharp. We did what we had to today, training every day and from now on it will be easier to play well and win.”
Benitez raised eyebrows when he left Dejan Stankovic on the bench to begin with.
“We knew there were some very tired players. Stankovic worked very hard on Wednesday, while Douglas Maicon, Goran Pandev, Thiago Motta and Diego Milito were tired after injury lay-offs. I had to make a choice and it was him.”
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