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Football: Benitez fires back at Mourinho

Published on Mar 30, 2014 12:03 AM

ROME (REUTERS) - Napoli manager Rafael Benitez hit back at Jose Mourinho on Saturday, after the Chelsea boss claimed his predecessor had presided over a poor season for the Premier League football leaders.

"Mourinho speaks a lot about a lot of people, but I prefer 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," Benitez told reporters ahead of Sunday's clash with table topping Juventus.

"He had an extremely strong Real Madrid and never did anything in Europe. Maybe if they sell (Eden) Hazard and Oscar for hundreds of millions he will succeed in winning something," added the Spaniard, whose Chelsea side won the Europa League in 2013.

As well as playing down Chelsea's efforts under Benitez, former Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager Mourinho also upset Juventus fans by saying a Europa League triumph by the Turin side would mean nothing.

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