Jose Mourinho wouldn’t be saying this about Rafa Benitez if at different club
It could get emotional on the touchline before kick-off at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho has been talking about what he has in common with Rafa Benitez, rather than what divides them.
There always appeared to be friction between the two managers when their teams clashed in the past but Jose Mourinho claims this is just down to normal rivalry between the respective clubs they managed.
As for what unites them, the current Man Utd boss sees two bosses who came to the Premier League in the same season and who have both won the Champions League and Europa League, which not many others can claim.
Mourinho says about Rafa Benitez that ‘I have huge respect for him, for his talent, for his career’.
The Portuguese boss adding ‘I want to believe that he feels the same’.
I think if we are honest here, the bottom line is the mention by Jose Mourinho about the mention of rivalry/competition between the clubs they managed.
If Rafa was now at a club that Jose felt was currently a threat, I doubt we would be having this love-in from his side.
Likewise, I think for sure that if Newcastle get anything at Old Trafford, we will then see the usual Jose Mourinho that we have come to ‘love’.
“I don’t think the rivalry was with Rafael, it was more between our clubs than between us.
“We are managers from the same generation.
“We came to England in the same season.
“We were both successful in Europe.
“Not many have won the Champions League and Europa League.
“We are some of the few managers who did it.
“Of course between Liverpool and Chelsea we had rivalry, and it happens, but I have huge respect for him, for his talent, for his career.
“I want to believe that he feels the same.”
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