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    Benfica's Reyes Denies Flores Row

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    Benfica's Reyes Denies Flores Row

    Post by Quiver on Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:41 pm

    SL Benfica winger José Antonio Reyes has denied that there is any bad blood between himself and coach Quique Flores.

    The Spanish coach accused Reyes of paying more attention to the newspapers' headlines about him than concentrating on his football after an uninspired substitute performance against Belenenses in the Portuguese league.

    Reyes - who arrived at the Estádio da Luz in the summer - shone for Benfica on Wednesday as the Eagles edged past Vitória de Guimarães 2-1 to reach the final of the Carslberg Cup, where they will clash with arch-Lisbon rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal.

    After the game, Flores praised Reyes' display and the ex-Arsenal midfielder was quick to underline that all is well between him and the coach.

    "He is the coach so he makes the decisions he sees fit," Reyes said on starting the game against Belenenses from the bench. "I just have to try to help the team and work even more, doing my part without fuelling controversies."

    However, Reyes stressed that he did not deserve to be publicly criticised by his own boss, saying: "Yes, he was harsh. Maybe he should not have done it through the press, but face-to-face.

    "It hit me, but everything is fine between us."

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