Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has admitted that criticism from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho shocked him.
One of the Arsenal target’s toughest moments came during Mourinho’s reign in Madrid, with the outspoken Portuguese tactician saying, ‘If you can’t go hunting with your dog then you have to take your cat’, when forced to cope without the services of Gonzalo Higuain.
He said: “When I saw his words I thought, ‘What is this?’. Then I tried to put things into perspective. Mourinho is a guy that likes to say things, he is really into that.
“The next day at training I didn’t say anything. I had one option, to let it go. Don’t play me if you think I am a cat.
“There were a lot of critics and I was upset but I understood that when I get upset I withdraw into myself.
“I am a footballer, I have to accept critics. That is just the way it is.”