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Materazzi: Benitez was nothing compared to Mourinho

Nov 13, 2012 10:37:00 AMItaly
The defender explained that he had a poor relationship with Rafa after his favorite coach left Inter while he also made a surprise choice in his best XI of all time.Former Inter defender Marco Materazzi has revealed that he was devastated when Jose Mourinho left the San Siro and was replaced by Rafa Benitez.

Real Madrid coach Mourinho left Italy in 2010 after guiding the Nerazzurri to an unprecedented treble and Materazzi has admitted he was saddened when the Portuguese told him that he would be departing.

"Mourinhowasnumber one.His secretwas tomake theplayers feelinvolved in the project," he explained on television program Undici. "InMadrid[during the 2010 Champions League final], hetold me thathe was leaving.I saidto him: 'Damn youfor leaving mewithBenítez.'"

Materazzi was videoed in an emotional embrace with Mourinho after the former Chelsea boss left the club, and the defender has admitted that Benitez did not take kindly to the former Perugia man having photos of his former trainers on his locker.

"I did not get onwell withBenitez.He made me remove pictures of the most important moments of my career with Mourinho and [Marcello] Lippi from my locker," he said. "He thought heknew everything,but he was afraidof his own shadow."

Materazzi was also asked to pick the best 11 players he has played with and against, and the inclusion of Zinedine Zidane raised a number of eyebrows after the pair's famous altercation in the 2006 World Cup final which saw the Frenchman sent off.

"Julio Cesar,Maicon, [Fabio] Cannavaro,Materazziand [Christian]Chivuin defense," Materazzi explained. "[Gennaro] Gattuso, [Dejan] Stankovic and [Daniele] DeRossiinmidfield,with [Antonio] Cassano,Zidaneand [Samuel] Eto'oup front.

"WhyZidane?He has aplace in my heart. He made me win a World Cup."



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