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JOSE'S SWIPE AT RAFA

John Cross In Los Angeles 25/07/2007

 

JOSE MOURINHO'S promise to chill out was shattered when he took a swipe at Rafa Benitez - claiming Liverpool will be under massive pressure to win the Premiership title.

 

Liverpool boss Benitez has spent big this summer, splashing out £40m on Fernando Torres, Ryan Babel and Yossi Benayoun after being given a huge budget by American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

 

And that was enough for Mourinho to drop his "mellow" approach.

 

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The Chelsea boss said: "In their fourth season with Benitez, they want the Premiership.

 

"They don't hide. Benitez, the players, they all speak about getting the Premiership.

 

"I can say the pressure is a bit higher because at this moment they cannot point at other clubs spending money whereas before they could say: 'look at those guys - they spend loads of money'.

 

"These guys have to win because they spent lots of money. This season they go onto the pitch with a different outlook.

 

"They have high responsibilities and high expectations, whereas in the last three years only Chelsea and Manchester United have won the title between us.

 

"But Liverpool and Arsenal, especially Liverpool, have a new pressure to win the Premiership.

 

"I read in the summer that Steven Gerrard, Carragher and maybe even Riise saying they must win this season, it has to be this season.

 

"I think that is good. It's positive and it's what everybody wants and it's what we want too.

 

"I think last season was frustrating for them - they won nothing. But they always have a good group, good players, so I think they'll be better."

 

Mourinho is clearly determined to play mind games with Benitez and ramp up the pressure on the Spaniard.

 

 

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Oh what mischief they do make. There is little wrong in any of that. If anything he's being complimentary.

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