New Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez has given his first interview with the club’s official website and promised fans that his team will play attacking football.
Some pundits in media had said the appointment of the former Liverpool and Napoli boss would mean Real would play a more defensive style next season – something that may not sit too well with the demanding fanbase at the Santiago Bernabeu who want to be entertained when they watch their team.
But Benitez revealed his team will play an attacking brand of football based on keeping possession of the ball and moving it quickly.
He said: “The players in the roster determine pretty much how the team will play. We have offensive players, and so our idea will be to play offensive football. It is not a matter of the system, people think the style is determined by the 4-4-2 or the 4-3-3, and it is not like that.
“We will base our football in having the ball whenever we can, moving it as fast as possible to attack, and trying not to lose the balance between offense and defence. We will try to impose our football, but we need to be able to explore other options if needed.”
He added that he was aware of the pressure of managing Madrid and what the club means to so many people around the world.
Discussing the upcoming tour to Australia and China, he commented: “We are aware of what Real Madrid means for millions of fans around the world, and so we will work hard to have a good and demanding pre-season while satisfying the universal duty the club has. It will not be easy, but we have done it in other clubs and it worked. The key is to be well organized, to prioritize sporting aspects, to reduce as much as possible the travel times and so on.”