Friday 23 March 2018

Rafael Benitez slams Jose Mourinho

RAFAEL BENITEZ has made a thinly-veiled criticism of Jose Mourinho.

The Spaniard, who frequently crossed swords with the Portuguese while at Liverpool during the self-titled 'Special One's' first spell at Stamford Bridge, seemed to suggest Mourinho lacked humility and crossed the line of what was acceptable in order to win.

The new Napoli boss, who led Chelsea to the Europa League title and a Champions League return during a turbulent six-month spell which finished last month, made the comments in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS in which his coaching style was compared to Mourinho's.

Benitez said: "I don't know what Mourinho does. I know what I do: I always want to win, without crossing the line of sportsmanship. It's true that I get on better with some coaches than others and I align myself with those that don't value winning at any cost."

Benitez continued: "I joined Madrid's academy when I was 13 and learned everything there. I received a sporting education from Madrid and I was taught to show respect and dignity towards the opponents whether we won or lost."

Irish Independent

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