Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is opposed to late substitutions following Lucas Moura’s gaffe
Rafael Benitez has stated that he dislikes late substitutions after Tottenham Hotspur forward Lucas Moura gave the ball to Liverpool’s Diogo Jota late in the game to win it.
After the Reds blew a three-goal lead against Tottenham, the Portugal international came off the bench to score the game-winning goal in the 94th minute.
Liverpool took a comfortable lead after just 15 minutes thanks to Curtis Jones, Luis Diaz, and Mohamed Salah, but Spurs rallied late on with Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, and Richarlison. Jota’s last-second goal stunned the Spurs.
Benitez chastised Premier League Productions for using a late substitution, claiming they ‘rarely change anything’: “I don’t like to bring in a player with a few minutes to go.” They rarely make any changes, don’t touch the ball, and are frequently the ones who make mistakes. So it’s something I try to avoid because I believe it’s bad for the player.”
“It’s everything because you’re playing at Anfield,” said the Liverpool legend of Jota’s finish past Spurs goalkeeper Fraser Forster. The atmosphere is fantastic. When you concede a goal you can’t believe, and then score another, the feeling is incredible. Diogo Jota is very good at playing between the lines, and his finish was excellent.”