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Mourinho wishes Benitez well

JOSE MOURINHO insisted that he wished his old rival Rafael Benitez well as Chelsea manager after expressing sympathy for Roberto Di Matteo following his dismissal by Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge.

Real Madrid coach Mourinho, speaking after the Spanish champions secured qualification for the Champions League knockout stages after a 1-1 draw against Manchester City, won two Premier League titles for Chelsea before his three-year reign as manager came to an abrupt end in September 2007.

With Di Matteo the latest of his Chelsea successors to incur the wrath of Russian owner Abramovich, Mourinho admitted that he could empathise with the Italian.

"I'm never happy when a manager is sacked - never, because it happens to them and it can happen to me," Mourinho said.

"I'm never happy and I never enjoy it for him.

"I always feel sorry for him and his family because our lives are very, very similar.

"But everybody knows I like my old teams. I like Chelsea, Inter, Porto. I like my old clubs to win, so I always wish good to the managers of my former clubs. So I wish good to Benitez."