Marco Materazzi questions Benitez’ record at top clubs

Marco Materazzi questions Benitez’ record at top clubs


Former Inter Milan and Italy defender Marco Materazzi has once again criticised ex-Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez and questioned his record at top clubs.

Benitez briefly managed Materazzi at Inter Milan and the pair never got on. Since they parted ways, the 2006 World Cup winner has been a vocal critic of Benitez, who he says lacks experience and understanding as a player.

Benitez lasted just seven months on the hotseat at the Santiago Bernabeu before being sacked last month. This week, he said in an interview that he felt club president Florentino Perez pulled the trigger too soon and is too impatient with his managers generally.

Speaking to Sky, Materazzi spoke about the ‘facts’ in Benitez’ career and pointed out to a failure to bring success at the top clubs in Europe he has worked at.

“I would be the last person to try and cause problems, but just look at what happened in Chelsea, Napoli or Madrid. In the end the facts speak for themselves. Those words say everything about his behaviour,” he commented.

And the retired defender continued: “I am tough on him, but I do not have anything against him. He came to Inter when I was finishing my career. I understand his situation, but it is sometimes better to put yourself in the place of someone who is not playing, which he never did.”