Benitez accepts Real inability to handle pressure during Sevilla loss

Real Madrid new boss Rafa Benitez seems to be highly optimistic for Real’s impressive show this season that is why he is not ready to accept any loss especially when they have been in dominating position. Last game with Sevilla was one such game that eventually went in favor of home side and they won a high scoring game quite impressively. Sensing the importance of possibly a lost opportunity, Benitez expresses his frustration over the way his side handled the pressure during crucial moments although James was the only Real player who impressed everyone with his brilliant ball holding technique in the later half.

Game started with good news for the visitors when Sergio Ramos header gave them initial lead but their joy was short lived as Ciro Immobile, Ever Banega, and substitute Fernando Llorente made it sure Real would have to go back empty handed. This defeat is also noticeable looking at Benítez side’s season record where they have conceded just four times out of first 14 La Liga and Champions League games. Talking about what went wrong for them and if manager was responsible for placing players on undesirable positions in crucial moments, Blancos coach said in the post-match news conference, “We played 30 very good minutes, lots of control, in all levels. Then we let them score at a set-piece. That changed the game.

“From the second goal we started to make mistakes, they took advantage and scored a third. We came back and scored late, but it wasn’t enough. That was the lesson from the game, in the first half a good Real Madrid for a long time, in the second half we were not able to manage the situation. We should have killed the game in the first half, and we didn’t.”

Another disappointing news for the Spanish giant has been injury to Sergio Ramos which could yield more negative impact in upcoming games. Clarifying if Ramos’ injury was the turning point of the game, Benitez said, “I wouldn’t say it determined things, as the other centre-backs played well. But one change made a difference, as we had one substitute less to change things when we wanted to. I speak about the team, as a team, I do not talk about individual players. And we were not able to control the game in the second half.”

Ronaldo would go back to United: Jose Semedo

Soccer world is full of surprises where you cannot be sure if someone would continue playing his current side or not despite of having been a loyal teammate for it and Real Madrid’s highly successful forward Cristiano Ronaldo is one such player who has ever been in the media: most of time for his firing performances, while some time – for his transfer rumors. Every week we encounters at least one claim that suggests former Manchester United player would move out of Spain in later years of his professional career like other legendry players who switched to rather third zone clubs when they crossed a particular age. But if it could also happen to Ronaldo is still a skeptical thing since 30-year-old Portuguese is still in a fine form despite of his age and if we rely on Real president recent statement where he ensured they would continue enjoying his services until he reaches forty, no one should have any doubt of Ronaldo future. Former Sporting Lisbon teammate Jose Semedo is the next one to guess where Ronaldo could land in later stage of his career and expectedly he counts over ManU to hire his services again.

Semedo, who now plays for Sheffield Wednesday as centre-back, has been a close friend of Portuguese and he said this after having been in touch with the starlet for years. He supported his claims with the fact that Ronaldo won Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards when he used to be a United man and agrees of his successful run in Spain as well yet strongly believes, he would move to central Europe at some point of time. Talking about Ronaldo future, Semedo said, “He is very happy at Real Madrid he loves English football, he loves English people, and deep down I think he will come back to England because it doesn’t look like he wants to finish his career without getting back to England.

“He said he would wish Real Madrid is in England, but that is not possible. I believe he will end his career in English football again.”

Although, these rumors are in preliminary stage no one is taking them seriously and even Ronaldo has never said anything about this himself, but since he is growing with the time, and if Real would afford him if his age hinders his performance, would be interesting to see.

Rafa Benitez calls Ronaldo the key to success, talks about his plans for next season

Every side has a player who is termed as the backbone of it and if we look at any big side in contemporary soccer there is at least one starlet who is the identity of it and Real Madrid is not an exception who is identified with Cristiano Ronaldo, in fact, fans often take both Rolando and Real Madrid as synonym to each other. Newly appointed manager Rafa Benitez is the first top official of the side who accepts the strong bonding with the Portuguese when he said Ronaldo is the fundamental of Santiago Bernabéu side. This is not the first incident when we are hearing a flattering statement for the captain by a new manager as this is usually a part of well-planned strategy whereby new entrant boss tries to win the confidence of the key player first and then of the whole side and 55-year-old Spanish seems to be doing just that. Accordingly, he did not hint any change in the field spread in upcoming season, as expected by club sources, however, he says Bale can be put on central attacking line. This is not a news that Benitez could never had a reputation of an attacking coach and that is why when he joined the Spanish giant his critics started lambasting club think tank for bringing a defensive mentor to lead the side like Real Madrid.

Anyways, he is now in-charge of one of the biggies in the business and doing his best to shred off his limitations hence is committed to revamp the field place to suite his style of coaching. Talking about any key change in the side, 55-year-old said, “I want Real Madrid to be Real Madrid. I want us to be a team that go out to win every game, that take the initiative, are assertive, that attack as well as in recent years and that defend a little bit better, to achieve that balance that will enable us to win more games and have a greater chance of winning trophies.”

Adding about Real playmaker who scored 61 goals in all competitions last year, he said, “He’s a fundamental player for us. By meeting him and starting to exchange our thoughts with each other, we will be able to progress in terms of the dynamic of the group and get to know him better, so as to get the best out of him and so that the team can make the most of everything he has to offer.”