Since joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, Karim Benzema has played under three of the world’s best coaches in Manuel Pellegrini (now at Manchester City), Jose Mourinho (now at Chelsea) and Carlo Ancelotti.
The 26-year-old’s performances differed slightly with each manager, with his best individual performance coming during Mourinho’s second year in charge at Madrid as he scored 32 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions.
Benzema's third year under Mourinho, however, was arguably his worst, which could be put down to the team’s substandard performance as they finished the season trophy-less.
The self-proclaimed 'Special One' was at war with both the media and a number of his own players, and often spoke of his desire to return to Chelsea and the Premier League.
While Mourinho was negotiating his return to Stamford Bridge, following Benzema’s poor season he was also linked with following Mesut Ozil out the club and to Chelsea’s rivals Arsenal.
The former Lyon striker, however, remained in the Spanish capital and went on to enjoy a huge amount of success with Ancelotti – winning both the Copa Del Rey and the Champions League in the 2013-14 campaign.
In a recent interview with AS, when asked to highlight the big difference between Ancelotti and Mourinho, Benzema was straightforward with his answer and said: 'Composure. Ancelotti doesn’t put pressure on the players. The complete opposite of Mourinho, who uses another method'.
The Madrid striker could be alluding to the Portuguese boss’ outbursts when things aren’t going his way, especially in public.
On his return to Chelsea, Mourinho was in a relaxed mood as he asked the media to call him ‘The Happy One’. As the season went on, however, his composure faded as he appeared irritated, and his strikers felt the full brunt of his frustrations on a number of occasions as Chelsea’s Premier League title bid slipped away.