Alvaro Arbeloa says Rafa Benitez is the right man to lead Real Madrid and will make the players better.
Benitez succeeded Carlo Ancelotti in the summer and is tasked with winning back the La Liga and Champions League titles from Barcelona. While they looked strong in pre-season, Los Blancos didn’t get off to the greatest starts with a dour draw away at newly promoted Sporting Gijon before putting things right in the 5-0 win at home to Real Betis last time out.
Speaking to the club website, Arbeloa said the new boss is a great manager who will make the players improved.
The right back, who worked with Benitez at Liverpool, stated: “Once it became known that he was going to return, everyone started asking me about him [Benitez]. Rafa is a very methodical coach, a very hard worker, highly demanding and I assure you that we are going to become better players.”
He also added that people need to ignore the negative comments over Real’s slow start, saying there will be always someone ready to criticise the club.
“While you might hear that certain people aren’t happy with him [Benitez] or that he shows more affection to certain players, for me, at this stage of the game, nothing surprises me anymore,” he added.
“He has gotten off to a very good start. It doesn’t matter which manager we have because there will always be people out there looking to portray an image of the team that isn’t true.”