Rafael Benitez has been described as “like a pain in the arse version” of Jose Mourinho by a Real Madrid official, according to a Spanish journalist.
Benitez and Mourinho have a storied past, with the Spaniard having succeeded Mourinho in his roles at Inter Milan, Chelsea and now Real Madrid this season after the pair clashed during their times at Liverpool and Chelsea respectively.
Real have enjoyed an excellent start under Benitez this season, sitting top of the league after four victories and one draw, scoring 14 goals and conceding just one.
According to Spanish journalist José Manuel Garcia however, things may not be quite as rosy as they seem in the Spanish capital. In a blog for El Confidencial, Garcia has explained how both the playing staff and some club officials have become unhappy with Benitez’s management style.
Garcia first quotes an unnamed player as saying: “Work has become an intolerable bore.”
The journalist then relays comments from one of the player’s agents, who claims that Benitez’s famed concentration on tactics is ‘killing them’, with Garcia adding that players leave training “wishing the next day doesn’t come, since the next day threatens to be a big dose of the same”.
Garcia saves the coup de grâce for quotes attributed to a high-ranked Real official however, who adds: “He’s like a pain-in-the-arse version of Mourinho.”