The former Chelsea interim manager is hoping that the newest episode of his long-running rivalry with Jose Mourinho doesn't go any further than the back-n-forth that's already happened over the past couple days between his wife and the Special One.
"I am Real Madrid's coach. I love football, I understand football and for that reason I only talk about football."
"I'd like to talk about the present day game and that means Real Madrid or the future of Madrid."
-The Interim One; source: Mirror
Certainly a reasonable response, and at least publicly, the Interim One has refused to get drawn into the Special One's rather personal attacks. One can only hope that in private, he at least asked his wife what on Earth she was thinking launching the initial salvo in this whole incident.
While reactions to her comments and Jose's response to those comments have been mixed, to say the least, we should at least set the record straight on what the Chelsea manager actually said. As with many of his comments, they can be blown up to be far more controversial than intended, though I think it's safe to say that he was not pleased at all by her (factually incorrect) insults about his work.
"The only club where her husband replaces me was at Inter Milan, where in six months he destroy the best team in Europe at the time."
"And, by another side, to think about me and to speak about me, I think the lady needs to occupy her time, and if she takes care of her husband's diet she will have no time to speak about me."
It's easy for us to sit back and say that he should've been the "better" person here and not responded the way he has, or at least certainly not responded in such an over-the-top fashion. The non-professional parts of his comments, the personal attacks, are exactly the kind we would like to discourage in our comment sections. Then again, we wouldn't welcome her comments, either, especially after her previous alleged trolling of Chelsea fans. She may have intended it to be a joke, that Benítez tidies up the messes left behind, but Jose certainly did not take it as one.
Mourinho overstepping the line is hardly anything new and he's never been one to suffer fools gladly. You poke him just the right way, and, for better or worse, the unchecked acid tongue lashes back out. In a way, it's part of his greatness and charm (if you're like most Chelsea fans), or part of his repulsion (if you're not). You don't get to be the best without making a few enemies.