Marco Materazzi has finally revealed the reasons why he cried so hard, when Jose Mourinho was leaving Inter Milan a few years back.
The picture of Mourinho consoling hard man Materazzi, as he held on to the Portuguese wailing like a baby, made headlines all over the world, and many wondered what the two talked about.
While Jose had given his own side of the story, Materazzi had said nothing, until now.
- In Madrid, when he told me he was leaving, I said: 'Damn you, you're leaving me with Benítez'. I knew that if he left, we'd never be the same.
In a colourful interview with 'Sport Mediaset', Marco Materazzi discussed his time at Inter and his relationship with Mourinho.
- Mourinho was number one. His secret was to make everyone feel like they were part of the project.
The former Italy defender had harsh words for the Portuguese's successor, Spanish coach Rafa Benítez.
- Things didn't go well with Benítez. I had front page newspaper clippings from all the most important moments of my career on my locker:
- Inter under Mourinho and Italy with Lippi. Benítez removed them. He thought he knew it all, but when someone acts like that, it's because they're afraid of their own shadow, Materazzi blasted.