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Last Updated: Monday, 14 August 2006, 08:27 GMT 09:27 UK
Benitez denies rift with Mourinho
Rafael Benitez and Jose Mourinho
For the second match in a row, the managers did not shake hands
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez played down talk of a feud with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after they did not shake hands after the Community Shield match.

"I was focusing on my team and my supporters and maybe he was thinking about his team and his supporters," said Benitez after the Reds' 2-1 win.

"For me, it is not a problem. I am not thinking about this."

Mourinho said: "Football is 90 minutes. If we shake hands, if we kiss, do you think that is important?"

The pair did not shake hands after last season's FA Cup semi-final, which Liverpool also won.

"He decided not to shake hands in the last game and this time he was behind me and he did not say anything," added Benitez.

But Mourinho stated after watching the Reds win the Community Shield: "I was on the pitch from the last whistle until the moment Liverpool received the cup. I was there the whole time."



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