Coming back to league football after an international break is always refreshing and with the number of high octane clashes this past week, a lot has happened on the news front.
Steven Gerrard blasts “Stupid” Rafa Benitez
Former Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard has hit out at Rafa Benitez for selling Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid, back in 2009. The Liverpool midfielder claimed that Alonso was by far the best midfielder he has played with and it was stupid of Benitez to sanction the sale.
Gerrard also claimed that Rafa was the only one who was to blame for Alonso’s departure.
“It was clear Alonso was royalty after our first training session together in August 2004, and Rafa Benitez, who had been so clever to buy him in the first place, was equally stupid to sell him to Real Madrid five years later. He was, by some distance, the best central midfielder I ever played alongside.
“It was a disastrous decision to sell Alonso, and especially for just £30million — which looks a snip now when you reflect on all he has achieved subsequently, both at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich and with Spain, winning the Euros and the World Cup.
“I blame Rafa entirely for the loss of Alonso. He could still have been playing for Liverpool six or seven years after he left in 2009.”
Mourinho’ s war with Diego Costa and the F-bomb
Jose Mourinho is not having the best of times at Chelsea. The Portuguese is thought to be in cold war with striker, Diego Costa and was further embroiled in controversy after dropping the F-bomb during his Everton post match presser.
Apparently Mourinho was angered by Martinez’s decision to attend the presser before him. Jose was keen to finish his first so that they could travel back to London.
When Mourinho asked Martinez to let him attend the presser first, next time, Martinez responded with “We don’t control that”.
Jose Mourinho hit back with “F****** hell”.
Mourinho is also unhappy with Costa’s attitude. The Spanish international took an extra day off to party at Madrid after sealing up the title last season. Mourinho axed him from the squad against Liverpool as a punishment and the pair have struggled to get on with each other since.