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Benítez’s safe… for now

Rafa Benítez will take his place in the Bernabéu dugout on 30th December for Real Madrid’s game against Real Sociedad. Florentino Pérez has decided to stick with his head coach barring a serious fiasco. Florentino’s decision has overruled the Bernabéu faithful – on the warpath over the team’s current form ...

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Benítez: We did what we had to do: scored goals and won

The team reacted well when the match got tricky, he added. Rafa Benítez praised his team for getting a win against Rayo Vallecano: “There were three phases in the match: the first, in which we scored and did what we knew we were capable of doing, and constantly looked to get ...

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All ears to the Bernabéu

Florentino Pérez is still backing Rafa Benítez both publicly and privately. The same cannot be said of most of those around him, the Real Madrid players first and foremost. The fans who flock to the Bernabéu on Sunday may well have the final word. Their reaction could determine whether or ...

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Rafa Benítez, a sitting duck

Rafa Benítez’s dismissal is not a matter of if, but when. The debacle against Barcelona would seem to have made the decision a foregone conclusion. The Real Madrid board no longer have faith in the coach, who has lost the dressing room in less than three months. The suits at ...

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Rafa Benítez’s secrecy takes it toll

Rafa Benítez held his cards so close to his chest that he ended up losing the game. He had two weeks to prepare for ‘el Clásico’ with the bulk of his squad (with the exception of Nacho, Danilo, Cheryshev, James, Pepe, Kovacic and Varane), but the Real Madrid boss dropped ...

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Benítez: “Obviously I didn’t pick the right line-up

Rafael Benítez was critical of his players, assuring that they “started the game well and have enough quality to do better than they did”. The Real Madrid coach refused to talk about tactical errors, but did admit that his starting XI failed to live up to the occasion. “Looking at ...

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Benitez denies confrontation with three senior Madrid players

Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez denied that some of the dressing rooms heavyweights had asked him to consider changing his defensive tactics during a meeting. Marcelo, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos are rumoured to to be the three players. In a tense press conference to preview Saturday’s Clasico between Madrid ...

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Benítez has already used 24 players this season

22 of the 23 members of the first-team squad have featured, as well as academy players Llorente and Mayoral. With Real Madrid’s first 15 competitive fixtures of the season under their belt, Rafa Benítez has now already used 24 players. The Whites’ coach has on several occasions stressed the importance of the ...

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Rodriguez hits back at Benitez

Rafa Benítez had some words to say about James when Real Madrid’s match against Sevilla ended. “You saw what James is: very good quality but he lacks the rhythm and form right now,” said the manager. James scored Colombia’s only goal and decided to answer his coach. “I am ready ...

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Rafa Benitez confident in the team

Rafa Benitez says his Real Madrid team is on the right track but can still improve after watching his players beat Levante on Saturday. Marcelo, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jese Rodriquez all scored in the 3-0 win, which was all the more pleased because the side contained plenty of academy products ...

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