Benfica boss Jorge Jesus has been speaking about when he riled Tim Sherwood up as Tottenham head coach.
Tim Sherwood may be on cloud nine at the moment with his Aston Villa side in form, but an old nemesis has reared his head.
Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has revealed the nature of their touchline bust-up last season when Sherwood's Spurs side took them on in the Europa League. Speaking to FourFourTwo magazine and recounted online by The Mirror, the Portuguese manager has explained all.
He admits to provoking Sherwood on the touchline, after what he viewed as patronising glances from the Spurs coach in the clash at White Hart Lane, before rubbing in Benfica's lead in response.
This drew a furious reaction from the always animated coach, before he too lost his rag.
Jorge Jesus said: "When we made it 3-1 I said to him ‘My name is Jorge. One, two, three’.
“He went ballistic – ‘F you’ to which I responded ‘F you, f*** the b**** who gave birth to you’. I let it all out and the referee was there trying to separate us. But I was winning, so I was fine.”
He added: "He looked me up and down in that English way as if to say ‘Portugueezer, your place is there: stay there, little guy’. I understood that look and he then stepped into my zone. That’s when I told him to go away, saying ‘back, back, back’. But he stayed put."
The manager explained he had an ulterior motive for winding Sherwood up, saying that he wanted to get one over on him after his mate Andre Villas-Boas was sacked by Tottenham earlier in the season.
Sherwood had last season lambasted the Benfica boss for his role in the argument, reported by FourFourTwo at the time saying: "It's a lack of dignity, waving his three fingers after they'd scored the third and waving goodbye.
"You've got to put up with that unfortunately but you shouldn't have to. It's a lack of class."
Fortunately for both bosses they won't be meeting any time soon, but if they did, it would be a match worth seeing for the off-field action alone.