Blues boss takes swipe at his old enemy.
Interim Chelsea head coach Rafa Benitez has criticised his Real Madrid counterpart Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese recently declared his intention to return to management in the Premier League.
Blues supporters were heard chanting the ‘Special One’s’ name during Thursday night’s Europa League second-leg round-of-32 tie at Stamford Bridge.
However, the one-time Liverpool boss says that is unconcerned by the fans’ pleas and is only focussing on getting the West Londoners back into next season’s Champions League, starting with Sunday afternoon’s tricky-looking trip to take on the Premier League champions Manchester City at the Ethiad stadium.
“I was asked in Spain about Real Madrid, but I didn’t talk about them. I will worry about myself,” Benitez said in the Sunday Mirror.
“It’s out of respect, yes, because Real have a manager under contract.
“Not me. Why on me? I finish my contract in June. I am concentrating on my job, and I finish my contract at the end of the season. I will try and do my best. That’s my job.
“I cannot change the opinion of some people. But what I can say is the team is growing, getting better for this year and also for the future.”