Chelsea manager, Rafa Benitez has accused Italian defender Marco Materazzi of being 'a liar' after the former Inter Milan defender claimed the Spaniard 'could not be trusted'.
Benitez launched a tirade ahead of his club’s Capital One Cup semi-final against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow night.
Materazzi and Benitez fell out after the former Liverpool boss was appointed Inter manager just weeks after they won the European Cup under Jose Mourinho.
Benitez said: ‘He's lying. He's lying. He's lying, just lying. Everything he has said is a lie. Simple.
‘Everything about what he talks about: about me, the two things he said about me when he was talking to Mourinho, because nobody knew about me going to Inter. And the pictures, it's a lie. He's
After a fleetingly promising start in Italy, Benitez's Inter began to struggle and following the manager's demands for money to spend he was sacked in December 2010, only six months into a two-year contract.
Chelsea fans have consistently been hostile to the Spaniard since he replaced Roberto Di Matteo and became the club's interim manager, and Materazzi, himself no stranger to controversy, says he understands why.
'Rafael Benitez is not my ideal coach,' the World Cup-winning defender said. 'If I was president of a club, I would not trust him with my team. What I did not like about him is how he introduced himself to the group.
’A great coach, like Jose Mourinho or (Marcelo) Lippi discusses rules with within the group, but Benitez wanted to write 10 or 12 rules. It was like the traffic or being back at school.’
Materazzi. who played briefly for Everton, is best known for his part in Zinedine Zidane's red card in the World Cup final of 2006, the legendary Frenchman's final act as a professional footballer.