Manchester: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho expressed sympathy for Roberto Di Matteo after he was sacked as manager of Mourinho's former club, Chelsea, on Wednesday.
Rafael Benitez has been appointed as Chelsea coach on an interim basis, and although Mourinho wished him the best, he said he was dismayed by Chelsea's decision to part ways with Di Matteo.
"I'm never happy when a manager is sacked," said Mourinho, who was speaking after seeing Madrid book their place in the Champions League last 16 with a 1-1 draw at Manchester City.
"Because if it happens to them, it can happen to me. I never enjoy when a manager is sacked. I always feel sorry for him and his family, because our lives are very, very similar.
"I'm not happy with any situation (like this), but everyone knows I like my old teams. I like Chelsea, I like Inter (Milan), I like Porto.
"I like them to win, so I always wish good to the managers of my former clubs. So I wish good to Benitez."
Mourinho spent three years at Chelsea, winning back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006, as well as the FA Cup and two League Cups, before being sacked by owner Roman Abramovich in September 2007.