JOSE Mourinho has given a grudging acknowledgement of the work done by Rafael Benitez - his predecessor at Stamford Bridge.
But the Chelsea boss says the Spaniard had much less of a task than he has because he was on a short-term brief.
The Mourinho v Benitez clashes have entered folklore. They were never the best of friends when Benitez' Liverpool were twice barring Mourinho's Chelsea from a Champions League final.
And Mourinho has been very cutting when assessing Benitez' impact at Inter when he succeeding Mourinho the year after the Italian side won the Champions League.
Even when re-assuming as Chelsea boss, Mourinho offered withering comments about winning the Europa League last season. He keeps saying it is a trophy the Blues should not have been involved in.
“He did a very good job, but that was in that moment,” Mourinho said.
“My job has four years. I want to stay for the four years and build, not just for me, I want to build for Chelsea.
“Rafa had a different profile of job. Rafa, after a couple of months, knows he’s not going to stay. When Rafa said he was leaving Chelsea, in that moment he knows it’s just for six months or seven months.
“He had two objectives. One to qualify for the Champions League and win the Europa League. It was not the profile of his job, the things that I have to work with and he didn’t have to.”