He sympathises with Benitez over the depth of animosity he is experiencing from Chelsea fans but he reckons he has had it worse.
"I was the pig for three years at Juventus," he told the Mail on Sunday, where some fans never took to him as manager because of his Milan past. Indeed, graffiti near the training ground labelled him just that even before he had taken charge of a game.
"At the beginning it was very tough to stay there. Sometimes in Turin I needed a police escort to leave the training ground."