Rafa talks. The Spanish coach had been waiting for this win for months - the FIFA Club World Cup topped the list of Massimo Moratti's requests. Rafa knows Inter got in touch with six, seven coaches and talks are still going on. After so much listening it's time for him to reply. And it's the talk of a very proud man.
"I did ask for three new signings in the summer, Inter board said yes but in the end no one was signed. The previous summer they had spent €80 million.
"We need to program things properly. Otherwise every week there will talk of two or three new coaches coming here.
"So far I have been painted as the culprit of everything. Due to the Walter Samuel injury I need four new signings [the three I had already asked plus a centre-back], if the answer will be again negative Inter can talk to my agent. No problem".
Clear enough: I am not staying here any longer to be used as a sacrificial lamb in order to hide the inadequacies of Inter's board. I am not a puppet and I am not letting fans down, someone else must put his face to explain this change of policy.
Moratti's view is that squad is thin because of the absurd amount of muscular injuries and Benitez's training methods are the reason - "Benitez should change the training regime instead of asking for new players".
Benitez's defence here is more analytic than expected. "Me and my staff have studied carefully and scientifically each player situation. I can say that all Inter players are in danger of muscular problems: 15 of them are over 30, in the last two years they have experienced muscular injuries to biceps and quadriceps.
"These players had been playing for two years without training in the gym. Some of them did it privately, and I know they are still doing it. There was no specific muscular training program. Here I want to have a complete control of the squad situation in order to check and program properly otherwise Inter are never going to win again".
The Spanish coach's post-Mazembe talk annoyed Inter's president. "Benitez asked for support? It's not the moment to ask" was Inter president only comment. A very weird situation - Inter on top of the world but still in a mess. The cold war between Moratti and Benitez is coming to a sour end.
Benitez has certainly made some mistakes but too often he's been used as a convenient scapegoat to hide someone else' shortcomings. Maybe timing was wrong but Rafa was right and brave to speak like that.