Rafael Benitez says he is not going to Real Madrid any time soon but he could be the ideal manager for the club.
Rafa Benitez has been attacked from all angles since he was appointed as the temporary boss of Chelsea.
In fact, he’s come under so much heavy artillery from fans and the press, no one could blame him for seeking refuge back in Spain, his home land.
Benitez is a much better manager than people give him credit for and if Jose Mourinho leaves Real Madrid this summer, Benitez is an obvious candidate for the job.
To begin with he speaks Spanish, which may sound like an obvious cliché point to make but it would allow him to get his points across quickly and easily, which he sometimes may struggle to do in England.
He also has that experience of managing at clubs where there is a lot of power and influence above the manager.
The socio-political roots of Real Madrid mean that is always going to be the case but it’s not something that Benitez will be intimidated by, he should relish it providing he’s given the support.
One of the reasons Mourinho has come under pressure this season is apparently because he’s been at odds with several of the home grown Madrid players and officials.
Needless to say, Benitez was born and raised in Madrid where he played for Real Madrid Castilla before going on to manage the Real Madrid B team after he’d hung up his playing boots.
Tactically he’s as good as anyone Real Madrid could go out and get and he’d given Mourinho a run for his money in terms of reading a game and making in-match changes based on that.
He’s no stranger to standing at the side of the pitch at sticking the boot into certain players during a match, which is also something a team like Real Madrid needs to guard against complacency in matches against lesser La Liga opponents.
He’s also got brilliant knowledge of the Spanish transfer market which means Real Madrid could start closing the gap on their rivals in terms of signing the best youngsters.
Benitez originally brought a lot of Spanish players to Liverpool with him when he first took the job at Anfield who were later sold back to Spanish clubs e.g. Xabi Alonso, and he would relish the chance of working with the midfielder yet again.
All in all Benitez would relish the chance to manage Real Madrid. Is he good enough? Certainly. Is it likely to happen? Watch this space
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