Stankovic still cannot forgive Rafael Benitez

“I still cannot forgive Rafael Benitez.” These were the words in which Inters Serbian midfielder Dejan Stankovic described his hurt at being dropped from the final of the FIFA World Club Cup.
Speaking to Sportski Zurnal the 32 year old still could not believe that he did not feature in the Nerazzurri’s triumph against TP Mazembe in the United Arab Emirates.
Stankovic spoke of his contribution in the Semi Final 3-0 destruction of Seongnam Ilhwa saying “I played great in the semi-finals, scoring a goal, and he left me out of the starting line-up.”
He went on to say that “Benitez’s decision shocked not only me, but the whole team. Fortunately we won.”
The Inter midfielder had also been left out of the Champions League Final by Jose Mourinho but when quizzed if he had the same feeling that day he dismissed this.
“With Mourinho the same thing happened in the Champions League final, but you cannot compare the two situations.
Before Madrid I was injured and I had not played in Barcelona due to suspension. I was not in form, but in Abu Dhabi I was.”

Rafael Benitez who was infamously sacked after winning the tournament had come under much scrutiny from the Inter players over his tenure with Stankovic being one of his biggest critics.
When asked if the Serbians complaints had any influence on the final dismissal he laughed it off: “Was Benitez sacked because of me? I don’t know.”

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