Swansea’s Hernandez full of respect for ‘big’ Napoli boss Benitez

Swansea City attacker Pablo Hernandez has labelled Rafael Benitez as a ‘big manager’.

Swansea City attacker Pablo Hernandez has labelled Rafael Benitez as a ‘big manager’.

The Spanish winger was in the youth team at Valencia when the now-Napoli boss was at the helm at Mestalla so he is well-versed to pass judgement on his fellow countryman.

Hernandez made the comments as Swansea get set to host Benitez’s Napoli in the Europa League Round of 32 on Thursday night.

"I used to see Rafa at the training ground and the way he worked with players," he told the South Wales Evening Post.

"He used to make sure that the young players had a lot of work so it was possible for them in the future to play for the first team.

"I played in the young teams when he was in Valencia. But I know how the people and fans in Valencia love Rafa Benitez.

"He did great work with the team, to win a Uefa Cup and two Spanish titles with Valencia is not easy.

"It's a good record to have, he was a big manager in Valencia and I have a lot of respect for him.”

 
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