Rafael Benitez praises 'resourceful' former rivals Everton
Rafael Benitez is bracing himself for a hot reception at Everton despite refusing to repeat his small-club jibe ahead of his first match on Merseyside as Chelsea manager.
Benitez will take a team to Goodison Park tomorrow for the first time in more than three years but the passage of time is unlikely to spare him the role of pantomime villain.
In 2007, then-Liverpool manager Benitez branded Everton one of the Premier League's "smaller teams".
Everton fans devised plenty of unpleasant chants about Benitez during his six years at Anfield and he said: "The main thing for me is that my players do their job."
Quizzed about his small-club jibe ahead of tomorrow's game, Benitez joked: "You have a good memory."
He added of Everton: "I think they are doing a good job, they have less resources than other teams and are still competing."
Latest in Sport
Manchester City vs Manchester United combined XI: No place for Yaya Toure... or any United defenders
EXCLUSIVE: F1 heading for eastern revolution as new team emerges from Romania
Impressive Kurt Zouma may save Chelsea millions by replacing John Terry
Radamel Falcao: Manchester United ready to seal permanent transfer of striker as 'everything is complete' to extend his Old Trafford stay
Daniel Sturridge injury: Liverpool striker suggests problems could be linked with 'Caribbean vibes'
- 1 2015 General Election: Green party will not appear in TV debate alongside Ukip – says BBC
- 3 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 5 Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'