We are not yet into August and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has accused Liverpool and Manchester United of trying to buy the title, of Arsenal of out-spending the Blues, and now he has called Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez fat. What will he be like in mid-season when the pressure is really on?
Mourinho was responding to an interview that Rafa’s wife gave in which she jokingly said that it seems almost fated that Benitez should continue to join clubs in the Portuguese coach’s wake.
“We tidy up his messes,” she joked, speaking to La Region. “If you think about it, of course you end up crossing paths. There are only a few world-class clubs out there.”
Mourinho is never one to let a jib go said after Chelsea’s International Champions Cup win over Barcelona:
“The lady is a bit confused,”
“Her husband went to Chelsea to replace Roberto Di Matteo and he went to Real Madrid and replaced Carlo Ancelotti.
“The only club where her husband replaced me was at Inter Milan, where in six months he destroyed the best team in Europe at the time.”
Not content with setting the record straight, Mourinho then made a jibe about Benitez’s physical shape. He said that if Montserrat Seara, Benitez’s wife, focused on taking care “of her husband’s diet” then “she will not have any time to talk about me”.
As fate would have it, Chelsea could face Real Madrid in the group stages of the Champions League this year as Real Madrid are in the second pot. Imagine the headlines if Rafa and Mou go head to head in the Champions League again?