War of words: Former Liverpool boss responds to Mourinho jibes

Rafa Benitez

Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has responded to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's latest comments.

There is certainly no love lost between former Reds boss Rafa Benitez and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

The duo were huge rivals during the Spaniard's reign on Merseyside, and he enjoyed two European Champions League semi-final victories over the self-proclaimed Special One.

According to Spanish paper Diario Sport, Rafa Benitez decided to hit back at Mourinho’s claims that Chelsea – under Benitez last season – had a poor campaign and the Europa League trophy was a mere consolation for a failure in other objectives.

He commented: “I think he [Mourinho] talks a lot about other people, but I like to talk about facts.”

The facts are the most important. We, with Liverpool, a team worth half of what Chelsea were worth, beat them twice in the Champions League and we eliminated them.

“Then, with a stronger team and the most expensive in history in Real Madrid, he did nothing in the Champions League.

“Now he is saying that if he receives an offer of €360m for Oscar and Hazard, he might be able to build a side which would win something.”

Despite once being close, Rafa Benitez’s words suggest a change both men appear to have felt towards each other since those famous Champions League nights at Anfield.

Unfortunately for Mourinho, Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace means they now face a likely scenario of finishing the season trophy-less.

Benitez’s Napoli, on the other hand, have an Italian Cup final against Fiorentina still to play, possibly allowing the Spaniard the final word… for now.

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