Ex-Liverpool Coach Benitez Slams Roy Hodgson's Comments: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. media, with clickable links to the Web.

Rafa Rant

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez made an “astonishing attack” on current Anfield boss Roy Hodgson, the Daily Mirror said.

It follows Hodgson’s criticism of the squad left behind by Benitez and the new coach’s claim that Benitez marginalized former player and manager Kenny Dalglish at the club, the Mirror said.

“I feel that Mr. Hodgson, he doesn’t understand,” said Benitez, who’s now at Inter Milan. “Every single press conference is worse than the last one. He’s talking about things he doesn’t know.”

He added that “some people cannot see a priest on a mountain of sugar. He doesn’t understand, maybe he has been in the job for not so long.”

Redknapp Riled

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said he’ll fight any disciplinary action if the Football Association punishes him for his remarks after the 2-0 loss at Manchester United at the weekend, the Sun reported.

Redknapp criticized referee Mark Clattenburg after he allowed a goal that followed confusion over whether a free kick had been awarded.

The manager also said he wouldn’t go on television to comment after games in future if he’s punished.

“If I cannot come on TV and answer a question in a truthful manner then we shouldn’t be dragged out,” he said. “Don’t expect me to go on TV after a game ever because I won’t. I don’t care if it’s in the rules. ”

Alves for City?

Manchester City may bid 30 million pounds ($48 million) for Barcelona defender Dani Alves, the Daily Mail reported.

The 27-year-old looked set to sign a new contract at Barca but may be attracted by the money at City, who signed his former teammate Yaya Toure on 220,000 pounds a week, the newspaper added.

Tevez Out?

City’s Carlos Tevez, currently in Argentina, is likely to miss next week’s derby with Manchester United after a setback in his recovery from a thigh injury, the Mirror reported.

United’s Wayne Rooney has returned to training after injury and could be fit in time for the game at Eastlands, according to the Daily Express.

Pulling Teeth

United manager Alex Ferguson described the Champions League as the best football tournament and said he’d rather go to the dentist than watch the World Cup, the Mirror reported.

“Have you seen the last six World Cups?” he asked reporters before tonight’s Champions League game at Bursaspor. “You’re better off going to the dentist.”

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