Chelsea legend John Terry has revealed Rafa Benitez used to talk a lot about Liverpool while managing the Blues.
The Spanish manager, who won the Champions League with the Merseyside club joined Chelsea during the 2012/13 season. He replaced Roberto Di Matteo and won the Europa League title with the West London side.
Terry admits he has been looking forward to working with Benitez, as the latest previously had some successful performances against Chelsea while being in charge of Liverpool.
“From a tactical point of view I was looking forward to working with him,” Terry said during the Sky Sports’ Off Script show (cited by LiverpoolECHO).
“You could say he was quite successful, we won the Europa League under him, of course, but for me personally you want to develop and learn.
“I’d seen tactically how he’d set up against us previously and stuff. Like everything, you give everyone a fair chance and it’s down to them to prove to you otherwise.
“We just didn’t get on from day one personally, to be honest.
“Every meeting we had it was, ‘Oh we used to do this at Liverpool and we did this’.
“You laugh but that’s what he used to be like, ‘Just move a yard here’. ‘I actually had to have a few conversations and say, ‘Gaffer, you have to forget Liverpool, you can’t keep saying ‘we’, you’re at Chelsea now, it’s not going down well with the lads’.
“We didn’t get on from day one, he left me out at certain times, I didn’t play much under him.” Terry added.
Benitez is now working in China after he left Newcastle last summer.