Real Madrid’s Rafa Benitez hits back at Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce

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Rafa Benitez has hit back at claims from Sam Allardyce that he had nothing to do with Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League success.

Allardyce, now the Sunderland manager, has a long-running feud with Benitez dating back mainly to his time in charge at Bolton and Blackburn, which coincided with the Spaniard’s stint at Liverpool from 2004-10.

Benitez oversaw a stunning Champions League victory at Liverpool, with his side recovering from 3-0 down against AC Milan in the final in Istanbul.

But Allardyce, in his new autobiography ‘Big Sam’, wrote: “Of course he can say he won the Champions League with Liverpool, which is something I never did. But it was nowt to do with him.

“I don’t blame Benitez for claiming credit but as managers we know the truth. It’s like when you make a substitution in desperation and it comes off. You get all the credit for your tactical brilliance when it’s often just luck.”

Benitez dismissed this remark, saying: “Do you know who Sam Allardyce is?

“Do you know how many trophies he has won? Well that’s my answer. It is what happens when someone has a book to sell.

“His opinion does not have a lot of value.”