Sunday 21 January 2018

'She needs to take care of her husband's diet' - Mourinho hits back at claims by Rafa Benitez's wife

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has described Rafa Benitez's wife as "confused" and suggested she spends more time looking after her husband's diet.

Mourinho was speaking after the Blues defeated Barcelona on penalties on their pre-season friendly where he responded to claims by Montse Benitez that her husband "tidy up messes" left behind by the Portuguese native.

"The lady is a bit confused, with all respect. I'm not laughing," he said.

"She is confused because her husband went to Chelsea to replace Roberto Di Matteo and he went to Real Madrid and replaced Carlo Ancelotti.

"The only club where her husband replaced me was at Inter Milan, where in six months he destroyed the best team in Europe at the time.

"And for her also to think about me and to speak about me, I think the lady needs to occupy her time and if she takes care of her husband's diet she will have less time to speak about me."

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Chelsea finished their pre-season tour of North America by defeating the Catalans 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw over 90 minutes in Washington DC.

The Blues converted all four of their spot-kicks in the International Champions Cup match but the Spanish giants were left to rue Alen Halilovic's chip which came back off the bar and Thibaut Courtois saving from Gerard Pique.

It was an excellent end to the tour for Jose Mourinho's men, who went ahead through Eden Hazard's early strike only for Barca to turn the tide through second-half goals from Luis Suarez and Sandro Ramirez although Gary Cahill headed home four minutes from time to send the game straight to penalties.

Hazard gave the near 80,000 fans in attendance reason for cheer at the FedEx Field, Washington's NFL stadium, when he put Chelsea ahead after 10 minutes.

The Belgian collected the ball in Barca's half before shrugging off several challenges and poking past goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

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Ivan Rakitic nearly drew Barca level almost immediately but saw a strike palmed over the bar by Courtois, while at the other end Oscar's strike came back off the woodwork.

Chelsea took their narrow lead into the interval but were pegged back six minutes into the resumption, Suarez scooping over Courtois, with Kurt Zouma clearing after the ball had already crossed the line.

A spate of substitutions appeared to suck the momentum from the game but Barca took the lead in the 62nd minute after Sandro cut inside and fired past Courtois.

However, Cahill bravely levelled in the 86th minute, leaping highest to head home from Willian's floated free-kick, with the England defender receiving a bloody nose from Barca substitute custodian Jordi Masip for his troubles.

That took the game to spot-kicks, where Radamel Falcao, Victor Moses, Ramires and Loic Remy were all on-target to give the Blues a confidence boosting win ahead of Sunday's Community Shield meeting with Arsenal at Wembley.

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