Rafael Benitez intends to shake hands with Neil Warnock when he takes his Chelsea side to the home of Warnock’s Leeds United, Elland Road, in a Capital One Cup match on Wednesday, Sky
The pair have a chequered history, dating back more than five years after Warnock accused Benitez of fielding a weakened Liverpool team for a match against Fulham, late in the 2006/07 season. Warnock was then in charge of Sheffield United and battling in vain to keep the Blades in the Premier League, with Fulham also among the relegation strugglers. Fulham beat Liverpool and stayed up, while United were eventually relegated.
Warnock’s public complaints drew a stern reaction from Benitez, or more specifically, the Spaniard’s legal team, who contacted Warnock with a warning of possible legal action if Warnock was to continue discussing their client.
Sheffield United could have avoided relegation on the final day of the season if they had beaten Wigan Athletic at their own Brammall Lane ground, but failed to do so and the Latics stayed up instead.
Benitez said: “I’m professional so will do my job. I’m professional, I don’t have any problem, I will behave,” while Warnock added: “ Enough water’s passed under the bridge.
“It’s one of those things that disappoints you in life and you have to get on with it really. You get disappointments in every walk of life and I’ve made my feelings clear over the last few years – and nothing will change that”
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