Marco Materazzi criticized Rafa Benitez about his management strategy.
On Instagram Materazzi told Damiano Er Faina “At Inter, it’s not that [Benitez’s reign] started badly and ended worse, it’s that it didn’t even end,
“Benitez destroyed everything that Jose Mourinho created.”
Materazzi said, “I think that a coach is good when he creates sensibility and togetherness with his players”.
“When he arrived, he sought to put those who could theoretically be called dressing room leaders to the side and ended up having problems with them. The problem was his,”
“He did something really important. If someone tries to erase the past in order to move forward in some way, I respect him, but if I see that [Benitez] was only trying to erase what Jose did, it bothers me.”
Marco also added “We all had a great relationship with Mourinho,”
“A man who wins a Champions League with Liverpool against Milan will surely have knowledge but, at Inter, [Benitez] had issues with me, at Chelsea with [John] Terry, at Real Madrid maybe with Cristiano [Ronaldo], at Napoli with [Paolo] Cannavaro or with someone else.”
The Italians and the Spaniards battled with Inter when the latter took over from Jose Mourinho, who had just led them to the 2010 Champions League glory.
Materazzi went on to compliment Mourinho and gave examples of Benitez’s inability to handle great characters in his career.
Anyway, I always thanked him [Benitez] because I tried to take advantage of those mistakes and learn from them,” he concluded.