Rafa Benitez' spell at Chelsea seems a long time ago now, and fans of the club may prefer to forget it, even despite him leading the team to the Europa League.
For now they have hero Jose Mourinho back in charge, refreshed as 'The Happy One', rather than just 'The Special One'.
With another ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti installed as manager of Real Madrid, Benitez has been quick to pay tribute to his qualities and, in the process take a needless dig at Mourinho.
He is reported by Marca as saying:
"He's a good manager and a good person. I think he'll return the Real Madrid values to the club, which were lost in place of the desire to win at all costs".
His views may not be echoed entirely by Madrid president Florentino Perez, who said last month:
"Mourinho has helped us to make a qualitative leap which is very important. I never tire of repeating, he has not sullied the image of Madrid."
It may not be the popular view, with scenes such as his eye-gouging moment screened around the world, while his falling out with high profile players like Iker Casillas did not make for an image of a harmonious club.
Yet Benitez has good reason to admire Ancelotti; the Italian has just agreed to sell him star striker Gonzalo Higuain. It's quite possible Mourinho would not have been so charitable, even for £34 million.
What do you think of Benitez's comments?
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