Rafa Benitez: The team is playing at a great level

Rafa Benitez: The team is playing at a great level


Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez has praised his team following their 4-1 victory against Manchester City in the International Champions Cup.

The Spanish manager has claimed “it was a good match, both in defense and attack, and although this is just pre-season, it is always good to see the team well organised and playing at a great level.”

“City had played more games, but they are also in pre-season. Small details made the difference, things that we have worked on in the training sessions. The key is that our players have great quality, and if we are solid in defense we will take advantage of that quality in attack,” Benitez added.

Asked about the possible exit of Sergio Ramos Benitez was clear: “When I arrived I spoke to Iker and Sergio and learnt their situation. They knew my opinion. Sergio knows from the first day I want him to stay and I’m sure he will stay.”

Speaking about David de Gea, he didn’t take it so seriously: “I don’t know anything. He’s not here, so I don’t know. I don’t speak with Louis Van Gaal every day. In every game I have a goalkeeper in each goal and I’m pleased with that,” he explained.

He also commented on Keylor Navas good performance on goal and Kiko Casilla’s situation: “We wanted to give him the chance to play and feel comfortable and he has done well. With Casilla, we will see. He arrived without time to prepare and now in China we will see. There is no need to hurry.”