Rafael Benítez aims jibe at new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
Rafael Benítez aims a thinly-veiled jibe at Jose Mourinho following the Portuguese coach's return to Chelsea
Rafael Benítez has aimed a thinly-veiled jibe at Jose Mourinho following the Portuguese coach’s return to Chelsea.
Mourinho took over from Benítez at Stamford Bridge after the Spaniard led the Blues to a third-place finish and Europa League glory during his spell as interim boss in west London.
And Benítez, who has since taken over at Serie A club Napoli, has questioned Mourinho’s “sportsmanship” following his return to Chelsea on a four-year deal.
“I don’t know what Mourinho does,” Benitez told AS.
“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.”
Mourinho led Chelsea to back-to-back Premier League titles during his first spell in charge at the club between 2004 and 2007.
And Benítez continued: “Everyone at Chelsea knew that Mourinho was going to come back at the end of the season.
“But that didn’t take away any of my ambition or willingness to achieve our objectives and we won the Europa League, which says a lot about the seamless commitment of that sensational team.”