What Rafael Benitez said about Chelsea during his Liverpool reign

13:21 22 November 2012

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (left) talks with former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez before the two clubs clashed in the 2005 Champions League. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA wire

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (left) talks with former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez before the two clubs clashed in the 2005 Champions League. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA wire

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Rafael Benitez has been the scourge of Chelsea fans but now he is taking charge of the Stamford Bridge outfit.

The former Liverpool boss once described the Reds as the only club in England, claiming that he’d never manage the Blues.

He said: “Chelsea is a big club with fantastic players, every manager wants to coach a such a big team.

“But I would never take that job, in respect for my former team at Liverpool, no matter what.

“For me there is only club in England, and that’s Liverpool.”

He infuriated the Chelsea fans by claiming that the infamous ghost goal in the 2005 Champions League semi-final second leg at Anfield was over the line, on the say-so of secretary Sheila.

He claimed: “After the game Sheila, who was sitting right in line in the main stand, said to me that the ball had crossed the line.

“She is a very honest person and that was good enough for me. It was a goal.”

When Chelsea won their titles, he claimed that Arsenal played the better football and were a superior side.

He added: “To me, Arsenal played much better football two or three years ago. They won matches and were exciting to watch.

“Barcelona and Milan too. They create excitement so how can you say Chelsea are the best in the world?”

In another dig at the Blues, he mocked their giveaway of plastic flags to support their team.

He said: “We do not need to give away flags to our fans to wave – our supporters are always there with their hearts and that is all we need.

“It’s the passion of the fans that helps us to win matches – not flags.”

There were also suggestions that the Blues were afraid of Liverpool.

He claimed: “I am sure Chelsea do not like playing Liverpool. When they are talking and talking and talking before the game it means they are worried. Maybe they’re afraid.”

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