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Jose Mourinho says Europa League win was 'nothing'

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Mourinho & Benitez share a fractious relationship
Mourinho & Benitez share a fractious relationship.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has reignited his feud with current Napoli boss, Rafa Benitez, who was in charge of Liverpool during Mourinho's first stint at Chelsea.

A clear dislike has developed between the two managers, dating back to the 2005 Champions League semi-final, in which Liverpool knocked out Mourinho's side.

Rafa Benitez went on to manage Chelsea last season, after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo – an unpopular appointment with the Chelsea fans due to comments he made about the club while at Liverpool.

However, Benitez managed to guide the Blues to the Europa League trophy, as well as a third place finish, ensuring their qualification for this years Champions League.

Speaking on Friday, Jose Mourinho made an attempt to downplay Benitez's achievements.

“Chelsea last year didn't have a good season," he said.

"They had problems qualifying for the Champions League and found themselves playing in the Europa with a team built for other objectives.”

Mourinho also commented on Juventus' current run in the second-tier European competition, claiming that “if Juve win the Europa League it will mean nothing, as they were built for the Champions League”.

Mourinho's snub of the Europa League could also be down to the fact his Chelsea side have progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals, which they will contest against Paris Saint-Germain, while Benitez's Napoli were recently knocked out of the Europa League at the round of 16, after a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Porto.

This prompted a response from Benitez, who retaliated “he speaks a lot about people – I like to talk about the facts. At Liverpool we eliminated his Chelsea from the Champions League with a team that cost half as much as his side”.

Despite eight years, a number of different clubs, and the fact that they are now plying their trade in separate countries, nothing seems capable of bringing an end to their bickering.

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