France forward, Karim Benzema, has hit out at former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and praised his successor Carlo Ancelotti.
Benzema, who improved under the Italian after scoring 17 goals in 35 La Liga games compared to 11 in 30 games under Mourinho, says Ancelotti doesn’t put as much pressure on players as the Portuguese.
“He is very calm, and knows how to convey strong messages in frustration, without rushing. He is greatly appreciated in the locker room,” he told France Football.
"You feel sincere when he tells you something. He does not play a role. He’s not in my face.
“Ancelotti is serenity. He doesn’t put pressure on the players. It is very different from Mourinho, who has another method.”
Ancelotti finally managed to win the Los Blancos tenth Champions League title, while Mourinho had failed in three consecutive semi-finals.
Benzema then also looked back at Mourinho famously describing playing with the Frenchman up front being like ‘hunting with a cat’.
“When it happened I thought, ‘Why does Mourinho say that about me?’ But everything is relative,” he added.
“There were no jokes about it back then but today my friends call me 'cat' and it is friendly. I am not a cat or a dog - there is nothing I can do!
"There were some difficult days, but I overcame them."
The 26-year-old is often subject to speculation but insists he feels at home in Mardrid.
“I am happy in Madrid. This is my home,” he concluded.
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