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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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Benítez in the spotlight

Real Madrid‘s loss at Villareal was a double blow: on footballing and institutional levels. A blow on the pitch as well as in the boardroom, where Rafa Benítez’s credit is starting to run out. A stronger reaction was hoped for after ‘el Clásico’, but the very blunt knock-back at El ...

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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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Rafa Benítez: “We’re at home and we’re favorites”

Real Madrid boss Rafa Benítez hit back at those who have accused him of being too defence-minded. “Real Madrid’s ethos is to try to win by attacking and outscoring the opposition, whoever it is we’re up against. We don’t worry too much about the opponents; we just aim to take care ...

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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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Rafa Benitez: We couldn’t manage the situation

Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez says his players didn’t manage the situation when they were leading against Sevilla. Los Blancos let a one goal lead slip at the Sanchez Pizjuan to lose 3-2 – their first defeat of the season and one that leaves them three points behind rivals Barcelona ...

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Rafa Benitez regrets not killing the game off

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez said his team’s and inability to manage difficult situations was to blame for Sunday evening’s 3-2 La Liga defeat at Sevilla. Madrid looked in control when Sergio Ramos headed in against his former club midway through the first half, although the club captain re-injured his ...

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We weren’t able to build on first half – Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez says he is happy with the win over Las Palmas but knows the players will need to keep up their intensity over 90 minutes when they face tougher tests in the coming weeks. Los Blancos raced into an early two-goal lead at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon ...

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Rafa Benitez: We must keep momentum going

Rafa Benitez has urged his Real Madrid players to work hard and show their quality ahead of their game against Las Palmas. Los Blancos welcome the newly promoted side to the Santiago Bernabeu this afternoon and will be keen to get three points and keep their unbeaten run going. The ...

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