New Napoli boss believes ‘the special one’ needs to show respect.
Former Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has aimed a swipe at his successor in west London by claiming he needs to learn how to show respect, the Daily Mail reports.
The Spaniard endured a difficult spell in charge at Stamford Bridge despite landing them a Europa League title before bowing out last month. He was a frequent rival of Mourinho’s whilst in charge of Liverpool and claimed that the Portuguese manager lacked humility when the pair were battling it out at the top of the Premier League table.
“I don’t know what Mourinho does. 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 left Real Madrid under a dark cloud and former Real reserve boss Benitez claimed that he learnt the value of respect whilst in the Spanish capital; something which Mourinho wasn’t able to do.
“I joined Madrid’s academy when I was 13 and learned everything there. I received a sporting education from Madrid and I was taught to show respect and dignity towards the opponents whether we won or lost.”