Rafa Benitez clearly has big issues with his recent employers and he’s had yet another little stab at Chelsea.
Just days after suggesting the Chelsea manager would do anything outside the boundaries of what’s fair to win, he’s had another go at Mourinho suggesting new Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti will restore the values Mourinho lost.
“Ancelotti is a great coach and a great person. He will somehow manage to restore the values that have always been important at Madrid,” Benitez told AS.
It’s all getting a bit boring to be honest and the Spaniard needs to move on from his time with Chelsea where he was verbally abused from the second he walked in through the door at Stamford Bridge.
It’s clear that the abuse Benitez got during his time with Chelsea still lingers at the back of his mind but he should be professional enough to simply move on and concentrate on his job with Napoli.
It’s also possible that part of his frustration is aimed at Chelsea’s current attempts to buy striker Edinson Cavani from Napoli.
The forward is the most important player Napoli have at their disposal and Chelsea seem to be playing hard ball over the price, unwilling to meet Napoli’s valuation which is simply the buy out clause in the player’s contract.
Wherever Benitez goes, he just seems to be encountering problems which relate back to the West London club.
“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,” he said earlier this week.
There is perhaps a little bit of jealousy involved here because had Benitez been received well by Chelsea supporters, there is a very good chance he would have been offered a long term deal with the Europa League champions.
However, he was faced with a situation where he was forced to keep the seat warm for the Portuguese coach and couldn’t do any right, despite the impress titles and solid season Chelsea ended up having.
From what we know of Mourinho, you’d expect a retort of some kind but that now doesn’t seem in his nature.
Maybe he’s the one who has grown up and has no interest starting a war of words with a manager who can’t directly hurt him other than with the Cavani situation.
What do you make of Benitez’s latest comments?
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