Rafa Benitez has urged his Real Madrid players to work hard and show their quality ahead of their game against Las Palmas.
Los Blancos welcome the newly promoted side to the Santiago Bernabeu this afternoon and will be keen to get three points and keep their unbeaten run going. The 10-time Champions League winners are the only unbeaten side left in La Liga and sit at the top of the table, ahead of Barcelona on goal difference.
Speaking to the media, Benitez said it was great to see Las Palmas back in the top division as they are an historic club that deserves their place in La Liga. And he warned his players to be at their best to get the win. He told journalists he believes this season will be closer than ever with top teams more likely to drop points against teams lower down the table.
“It is always nice to see historic sides return to the top-flight and I hope that the fans enjoy it, that it is a good game, that we win, and that from then on things go well for them. It will be difficult and will depend on what we are able to do. They have a new manager that will try to impose his personality. We have to impose our will, quality, and ambition,” he commented.
And he added: “I said at the beginning that it was going to be a league season where the sides at the top lose more points than in the previous seasons. It is not going to be a league season with an awful lot of points. Atlético are a really great side, with players that have a lot of quality. They will have to be near the top, and so too will Valencia, Villarreal and Sevilla, sides that can take points from anyone.”