Rafael Benitez and Jose Mourinho are not the best of friends. During their spells in charge of Liverpool and Chelsea they were involved in some epic battles as the two fought for domestic and European superiority.
They have not managed in the same league since Mourinho left Chelsea eight years ago, but they have a history that involves three stints in charge of the same club.
Inter Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid are the lucky clubs and in a recent interview with Spanish newspaper La Region, Benitez's wife joked that her husband was constantly cleaning up after Mourinho.
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Speaking to Spanish newspaper, La Region, as seen in the Telegraph, Montserrat Seara said: "Real Madrid are the third of Mourinho's old teams Rafa has coached, we tidy up his messes."
Mourinho left Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 to be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian took Madrid to the fabled "La Decima" but a poor second season saw him get the chop. He was replaced by Benitez, who has been tasked with bringing silverware back to the Bernabeu.
Seara's claim that Benitez is cleaning up after Mourinho's mess does not seem to ring true, with Mourinho enjoying far more success at the clubs in question when you compare their records.
The former Liverpool boss was the direct replacement for Mourinho at Inter Milan, a club which the Portuguese manager left following unrivalled success.
The 52-year-old won back-to-back Serie A titles and claimed an historic treble that included the clubs first European title since 1965, before leaving to join Madrid. His win percentage was an impressive 62%
In comparison Benitez, a direct replacement for Mourinho, was in charge of the Nerazzurri for 25 games, before he was sacked, boasting a win percentage of 48%.
Benitez's time at Chelsea was an improvement on his short spell at the San Siro. He won 58% of his matches as interim boss and won UEFA Europa League, beating Benfica.
However, when compared to Mourinho's two spells in charge, that have brought the club three Premier League titles, three League Cups and an FA Cup, with a win percentage of over 60%, Mourinho again comes up trumps.
The 'Special Ones' tenure at Madrid was the least successful of the three spells in question, winning the Copa del Rey and La Liga once. The task of trying to break Barcelona's stranglehold and harmonise a dressing room full of superstars proving proving above the Portuguese manager.
Only time will tell if Benitez's time at the helm will prove more successful, but with Barcelona now back to their scintillating best, and possessing the most dangerous attack in world football, it may prove a difficult task for the former Liverpool boss to go one further than his old rival.
However, Benitez can always boast the two famous Champions League semi-final victories over Mourinho that cemented his place as a Liverpool legend.
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