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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 November 2005, 08:14 GMT
Mourinho attacks 'desperate' Reds
Rafael Benitez and Jose Mourinho
Benitez's late transfer moves puzzled Mourinho
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has accused Liverpool counterpart Rafael Benitez of "desperate dealing" because of their late moves in the transfer market.

Mourinho was surprised that Benitez was attempting to do last-minute deals during the transfer window, but praised Newcastle's swoop for Michael Owen.

He told Portuguese newspaper Record: "Liverpool used the last available minute to conclude their deals.

"I find it difficult to understand that type of desperate dealing."

Mourinho, however, did admit Roman Abramovich's financial firepower left Chelsea in a better position to seal moves.

He said: "I recognise that that the economic power of my club puts us in a privileged situation."

Mourinho's Premiership pace-setters face Newcastle this weekend, and he admires Newcastle's ambition in the transfer market.

"Michael Owen and Newcastle were major protagonists in the transfer window. The scenario was perfect.

"A Real Madrid player, an automatic choice and important for the national team, his previous club Liverpool in the picture, another club, Newcastle, in search of success.

"He cost 17m and there were 20,000 fans going mad at his unveiling. Everything was perfect.

"Also before Owen had arrived, they had signed Alberto Luque from Deportivo La Coruna, another great player, which shows the potential of the club and the ambition of their dealings."


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