‘He was just so intelligent… he knew how to beat a team in big games’: Glen Johnson claims Rafa Benitez was best boss he played under despite winning Premier League with Jose Mourinho
- Glen Johnson worked under some of the best managers in the Premier League
- He won the Premier League with Chelsea under Jose Mourinho’s leadership
- The right back also spent a season working alongside Rafa Benitez at Liverpool
- The 34-year-old has now had his say on who his favourite manager was
And just a season later the right back went on to win the double with the Blues, taking the Premier League title and League Cup under the management of the ‘Special One’ Jose Mourinho.
Former Liverpool man Glen Johnson said Rafa Benitez was the best coach he ever played under
But despite Johnson’s biggest success coming under Mourinho, the former England international has admitted that it was in fact Benitez at Liverpool who got the best out of him.
Johnson, who also played for Portsmouth and Stoke during his career, only worked alongside Benitez for a season at Anfield in 2009-10 but the admiration of his former boss was very evident.
When asked who was the best manager he played under, the 34-year-old exclusively told Sportsmail on behalf of BETDAQ: ‘I would probably say Rafa.
Johnson worked under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea before they went their separate ways in 2007
‘Obviously every manager is different and they have different traits, pros and cons but overall Rafa was the best.
‘He was just so intelligent, he knew how to beat a team, he knew how to set up his team to make them difficult to beat in big games and big situations. He was also a really nice fella.’
Johnson, who announced his retirement in January, amassed a massive 358 appearances during his time in the Premier League and represented England at two World Cups and a European Championship.
The 34-year-old said Benitez knew how to set up perfectly in ‘big games and big situations’
Johnson amassed a massive 358 appearances during his time in the Premier League
He worked alongside some of the top managers around at club level, including Mourinho, Claudio Ranieri, Roy Hodgson, Harry Redknapp, Brendan Rodgers and Benitez himself.
While playing for England, he also played under the likes of Sven-Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello.
But despite only enjoying a brief spell with Benitez – who has just departed the Premier League for China after leaving Newcastle – it appears the Spaniard left a lasting impression on Johnson.
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