Embattled Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez says he is aware there is more focus on him now than at any other time in his career because he is managing the biggest club in the world.
The Los Blancos boss has been under pressure in recent weeks following the 4-0 loss at home to bitter rivals Barcelona. Pundits and fans have been critical of the team’s defensive style of play, while a host of other issues have seen the pressure cranked up too.
Benitez has had to deal with stories emerging of fallings out with star players such as Ronaldo and James Rodriguez, Karim Benzema has been at the centre of a blackmail investigation in France, while the club made all the wrong headlines again this week with the Copa del Rey and Denis Cheryshev debacle.
At his press conference ahead of today’s game against Getafe, Benitez said the pressure is greater at the 10-time Champions League winner, but he and his players are working hard to guarantee success at the end of the campaign.
“Coming to the best club in the world you know there is more attention to every detail. I know how it is. I’ll take a clear path to keep working and concentrate on doing my best in the knowledge we are a great team who can do big things,” he commented.
He also called on the fans to get behind their team after a difficult few weeks.
“All of the fans of Real Madrid are now fundamental for us. I hope they keep supporting their team. Madridistas are crucial as they have shown in helping us to so many comebacks. The key is to keep winning games.”