Rafael Benitez Finally Opens Up on His Catastrophic Reign As Real Madrid Manager

Rafael Benitez Finally Opens Up on His Catastrophic Reign As Real Madrid Manager

Chukwu Ikechukwu
February 17, 2023 at 2:25 PM
  • Rafael Benitez claims he walked into an unfavourable environment as he speaks on his time as Real Madrid manager
  • Benitez was sacked as Los Blancos coach in January 2016 after just seven months in charge of the Spanish giants
  • The veteran manager left the Spanish capital with Real Madrid just two points from the top of the La Liga table

Rafael Benitez has revealed he was not given a fair shot during his short stint as Real Madrid manager, as he opened up on his torrid time with the Spanish giants.

The veteran manager joined Los Blancos in the summer of 2015 but was sacked after just seven months in charge, following poor results on the pitch and many dressing room troubles.

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Rafael Benitez was sacked as Real Madrid boss in January 2016 after a horror seven-month spell in charge. Photo by Angel Martinez.
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According to Football Espana, Benitez has now disclosed that his Real Madrid team were not allowed to win because of too many off-pitch antics.

“In the Cup, they eliminated us due to an administrative error with Cheryshev. I warned them three times, and even so an administrative error is made. Then it seemed that it was my fault, because I was gone."

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Following Benitez's exit, the Spanish giants went on to win the Champions League title a few months later under former player, Zinedine Zidane.

Benitez slams Ronaldo and Bale

Meanwhile, Benitez has slammed Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale over alleged lies, claiming it was difficult to plug leaks in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium dressing room, Daily Mirror reports.

The veteran manager claimed his downfall at Real Madrid was caused by a high-strung squad that included the two veterans, who were not afraid to run to the media when things got difficult.

The former Liverpool manager also refuted allegations that he treated Bale better than Ronaldo during his time in charge of the Spanish giants, as was widely speculated in the media.

Benitez could return to EPL

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Benitez being considered as a potential replacement for Steve Cooper at Nottingham Forest.

Despite a promising start to life in English top flight, the Trees were left at the bottom of the log after a fifth defeat on the bounce.

The ex-Liverpool manager, who famously won the UCL with the club in 2005, was initially linked with a move to Leicester City.

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