May 4, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT
Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has insisted on continuing his combative relationship with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson ahead of the sides’ upcoming clash at Old Trafford.
Benitez passive aggressively suggested Ferguson’s European record isn’t what it should be given his ability as a manager and the sides he’s had.
“Should United have done more in Europe? I don’t know. I think that United is a top side with a top manager and that’s it. We will leave it there.”
He continued, questioning whether United is really the Premier League’s best club this year.
“I think United have been more consistent than anyone so they deserve to win the title but are they better than Manchester City? I’m not sure. Are they better than Chelsea? I’m not sure.”
Of course, Benitez also offered some praise to use as his Get Out Of Jail Free card. Benitez said, “Have they been more consistent? Yes, so they deserve to win the title but still you can beat anybody in one game.”
The two have a storied rivalry, dating back to Benitez’s days in charge of Liverpool, including his “facts” rant where he said Sir Alex never used facts when speaking to the media.
Much more abrasive, Benitez finished by acknowledging his “mind games” tactic and suggested again his side are the better squad. “You like to talk about mind games but normally who can win the mind games? The team with better players. When you have a very good team you can play mind games with everyone because you can win. And we have a good team.”
Chelsea will have much more riding on the upcoming match, with United having already won the title and The Blues in a bitter fight for a Champions League spot.
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