Rafael Benitez has claimed that Chelsea have things very easy compared to other teams, thanks to Roman Abramovich’s money.
Rafa said: ‘With Abramovich, they can do what they want, and they don’t need to work all summer like some people.
‘They just draw up a list of the best players, decide they will have him and him, then go on holiday for a month.
‘I managed to get away to Crete for one week, and I had a mobile phone pressed to my ear all the time. I sometimes think it would be nice to have a month off, but there’s not much chance.
‘Maybe it is easier for someone else, but it is worth all the hard work when you are able to make signings like Aurelio and Paletta without using all your budget.’
Liverpool face a less hectic pre-season this year after entering last season’s Champions League at the first qualifying stage.
‘It’s much better for us this time,’ Benitez told the Echo.
‘We can prepare for the whole season now. Pre-season is really important and in England it is maybe more important when you play a lot of games throughout the season, often twice a week.’