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Jose Mourinho lacks sportsmanship, says Benitez

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Former interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has aimed disguised criticism at returning Blues manager Jose Mourinho, suggesting that he aims only to win games, and cares about very little else. 

Benitez, now manager of Serie A side Napoli, often fell-out with the 'Special One' when he was manager of Liverpool, and he frequently suggested in interviews that Mourinho was only interested in winning. 

Benitez led Chelsea to the Europa League title and a third place finish in the Premier League last season, despite constant criticism from Blues fans - in what was a turbulent season at Stamford Bridge. 

And in an interview with Spanish magazine AS, Benitez made a series of comments about Mourinho's management style, suggesting that he crosses the line of sportsmanship in order to win games.

"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," said the Spaniard.

And in the interview, Benitez recalled the practises that he was taught during his tenure with Real Madrid that made him the manager he is today.

Benitez came through the ranks at Madrid as a player and also coached their "B" team. 

"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," he continued. 

Benitez also conceded that he knew Mourinho would return to Stamford Bridge eventually, but this didn't distract him from his season objectives. 

"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," he added. 

 

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