Benitez passive aggressively suggested Ferguson’s European record isn’t what it should be given his ability as a manager and the sides he’s had.
“Should United have done more in Europe? I don’t know. I think that United is a top side with a top manager and that’s it. We will leave it there.”
He continued, questioning whether United is really the Premier League’s best club this year.
“I think United have been more consistent than anyone so they deserve to win the title but are they better than Manchester City? I’m not sure. Are they better than Chelsea? I’m not sure.”
Of course, Benitez also offered some praise to use as his Get Out Of Jail Free card. Benitez said, “Have they been more consistent? Yes, so they deserve to win the title but still you can beat anybody in one game.”
The two have a storied rivalry, dating back to Benitez’s days in charge of Liverpool, including his “facts” rant where he said Sir Alex never used facts when speaking to the media.
Much more abrasive, Benitez finished by acknowledging his “mind games” tactic and suggested again his side are the better squad. “You like to talk about mind games but normally who can win the mind games? The team with better players. When you have a very good team you can play mind games with everyone because you can win. And we have a good team.”
Chelsea will have much more riding on the upcoming match, with United having already won the title and The Blues in a bitter fight for a Champions League spot.
VIDEO: Gerrard’s juggle and finish leads Liverpool legends past Real Madrid
Scoring at Anfield doesn’t get old, especially when your name is Steven Gerrard.
The English midfielder was playing in a friendly match between Liverpool and Real Madrid “legends” on Sunday, when he delivered this tasty goal (and assists to Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and John Aldridge).
Gerrard redirects a cross over a lunging defender and into a place where he can lash a goal home to put the Reds up 4-0. He dedicated his Man of the Match performance to club legend Ronnie Moran, who died earlier this week.
Real’s comeback came up just short in a 4-3 final, with Fernando Morientes, Ruben de la Red, and Edwin Congo scoring for the visitors.
On a Sunday waiting for the international matches to begin, Gerrard supplies a nice highlight for the rest of us (Extended highlights free on Liverpool’s site).
Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him.
The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere.
“And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt.
“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.”
Metro notes that Ozil also said he wants to win the Champions League, something that can only happen with Arsenal remaining in the Top Four. We suppose you could make snarky inferences from his “comfortable in London” phrasing, but we’ll leave it there.