Celta Vigo

Rafa Benitez refuses to quit his role as Celta Vigo boss


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Rafa Benitez has refused to quit his role as Celta Vigo boss despite a run of three consecutive defeats, with the Spanish side struggling this season.

A 1-0 defeat at home to league leaders Girona added further pressure on the former Liverpool and Newcastle boss.

Celta Vigo sit just one pooint off Cadiz in the relegation zone and have only won three times this season.


When asked about his future, Benitez rubbished talk that he could resign from his role.

Speaking to Diario AS, he said: ;What's up to me is to focus on how to get performance out of the team and that's what I'm focused on. 

Rafa Benitez has refused to quit his role as Celta Vigo boss

A 1-0 defeat at home to league leaders Girona added further pressure on the Spaniard

Benitez has told fans that he wants to turn their poor run of form around this season

'I'm angry because we lost. I don't worry about the situation here.

'I've come to Celta for a three-year project. I'm a professional who works 12 hours a day, what I want is for this project to turn out well.'

He continued to tell his team that they must keep fighting if they are to avoid relegation from the Spanish top flight.

 'All matches are to be played and to be won,' Benitez continued. 'There are some in which equality between the teams allows you to have more options. 

'We have to be aware that the team has to keep fighting, maintain the structure and not collapse if we concede a goal. The team has shown that and that is the way.'

Celta Vigo have been ever-present in La Liga since 2012 but face the real possibility of a return to the second division for the first time in 12 years.

Benitez also saw his side knocked out of the Copa del Rey after a home defeat to Real Sociedad.

The focus will now be on ensuring that they keep their status in La Liga, with pressure mounting on the former Liverpool boss. 

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