Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has delivered a large helping of comedy quotes for his haters in a bizarre press conference on Tuesday.
As the Blues prepare for their Carling Cup semi–final with Swansea on Wednesday, the Spanish manager met the press where he was immediately confronted by new Marco Materazzi quotes which slammed Benitez’s time at Inter Milan.
Materazzi told France Football:
He is not my ideal coach. If I was a club president, I’d never employ him. A great boss like Marcello Lippi or Jose Mourinho knows how to get their demands across to a dressing room whereas Benitez, he wanted to put them all in writing, 10 or 12 rules – like the Highway Code, or being at school!
At Inter’s training centre, there were photos on the wall of all the most successful past coaches, from Helenio Herrera to Roberto Mancini and Mourinho. Benitez had the ones of Jose taken down. With that gesture, he showed his character: that of a weak person.
When given the opportunity to respond, The Chelsea boss hit back in no uncertain terms.
He’s lying. Marco Materazzi is lying. He’s lying, just lying. Everything that he said is a lie. Simple. When he was talking with Mourinho it’s a lie, because nobody knew I was going to Inter, even me. It’s a lie. About the pictures, it’s a lie. So he’s a liar.
Watch Rafa Benitez’s rant against the Matrix below.