Rafa Benitez’s comments about Sir Alex Ferguson’s behaviour yesterday could be seen to have no other motive than mischief making.
Rafa Benitez still clearly holds a grudge against Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the most respected managers in the history of the game. Considering Benitez is leaving Chelsea this summer, there’s nothing more than personal resentment to read into his post-match comments.
What exactly did he say and mean?
“It's his decision. I was ready and waiting [to shake], I have some education. I was waiting.”
That’s fair enough Rafa but it’s not the first example of a match where two managers haven’t shaken hands at the very start of the game. It’s also not like the Spaniard walked over to the Manchester United bench to give his greetings.
“I have education because I know that a lot of people are watching so I know what I have to do.”
If someone snubs a handshake that’s fair enough but why throw the toys out of the pram? It doesn’t make much sense other than to stick it someone else because of some personal resentment.
It also doesn’t excuse the fact the Chelsea boss didn’t go in for a handshake at the end of the game.
“I was with my players celebrating.”
Celebrating seems a little odd. It was a draw which means another fixture for Chelsea when they have already played about a million games this season. Granted, Chelsea were 2-0 down and came but to draw but it's still not a win.
It is possible Benitez reacted in the way he did because of the continued abuse he received from Chelsea fans throughout the match. However, he’s made it perfectly clear that he’s leaving after the final game of the season.
What do you make of the Chelsea manager’s comments?
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