Mourinho refuses to talk Benitez’s Real struggles due to “respect, ethics”

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Most managers don’t like to talk about the job status of their peers, knowing all-too-well the pressures of leading clubs.

Jose Mourinho, in this instance, is both keenly aware of the sting and unprepared to banter on Rafa Benitez, who’s under fire at the Bernabeu after Real Madrid was stomped 4-0 by rivals Barcelona.

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With Chelsea preparing for Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday — Real Madrid visits Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday — Mourinho blasted the media for asking about the current boss at his old club.

From the BBC:

“In this moment, I see so many people speaking, especially about clubs in trouble. It’s amazing the lack of respect, the lack of ethics.

“If I speak about Real Madrid, I speak when they are winning. Not when they are losing. So for me, words about the Clasico? Zero.”

This is one of those cases where the source can betray the sentiment, at least for readers. Good on Mourinho for keeping his mouth relatively shut, even if it came at the expense of another speech on manners.