These are troubled teams in Real Madrid. The appointment of Rafa Benítez was not met with approval by large sections of Real Madrid fans (and dressing room), upset with the firing of Carlo Ancelotti.
They have been waiting five and a half months for Rafa to fail and they got their opening after Saturday’s El Clasico where Real where humbled by bitter rivals Barcelona at hone.
The mouthpiece of the football club, Marca, wrote on Sunday that the firing of Benitez seems to be a foregone conclusion after the 4-0 hammering that Barcelona gave then on Saturday.
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 the Bernabéu are well aware that the squad aren’t behind the Madrid-born manager, whatever they say in public. Benítez has no relationship to speak of with several of the big-name players, chief among them Cristiano Ronaldo.
The knives are also out for the ex-Valencia, Liverpool, Inter, Chelsea and Napoli boss among the fans, many of whom have called for the 55-year-old’s head. It looks like there is only one way things can end, sooner or later, although Benítez may well cling to the dramatic reversal of fortunes enjoyed by his ‘Clásico’ conqueror – Luis Enrique, who also appeared to be on the chopping block at one point – as a glimmer of hope.
I cannot see Perez making the knee-jerk move to remove Benitez as he hand picked him to take over from Ancelotti last summer. The future of Perez and Benitez at Real Madrid are tied together and I think either they both stay, or they both go.
The fixture list will give Benítez some breathing space. With matches against PSG, Sevilla and Barcelona behind them, Madrid now face Eibar, Getafe, Villarreal, Rayo Vallecano and Real Sociedad before the New Year. With Champions League qualification in the bag and a supposedly uncomplicated Copa del Rey tie against Cádiz coming up, it’s likely that Real Madrid will get comfortably back to winning ways.
That should ease the pressure somewhat on Rafa, unless until we get to the knockout rounds of the Champions League and more competitive opponents.
Do you think Rafa Benitez will survive the season at Real Madrid?
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