Former Real Madrid defender Quique Sanchez Flores has called Los Blancos fans to be pacient on Rafa Benitez and wait until the end of the season to analyse his project.
In an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena SER, the current Watford’s boss backed Benitez: “It’s just a matter of time. Making changes takes time, and Benitez’s project needs time to mature. Until the season is not over, we won’t know where this project is heading to.”
Flores admitted it is not easy to coach Los Merengues: “This are always pretty extreme at Real Madrid, for good or for bad.”
Asked about Los Blancos elimination from the Copa del Rey for fielding suspended Denis Cheryshev against Cadiz, Flores said “these things have happened to other clubs, and sometimes big clubs also take things for granted and when this happens it leaves you red-faced. It is a problem, but you always learn from problems.”
Finally, the Spanish manager confessed he has Real Madrid in his heart: “I’ve got a piece of every place I’ve been to. A bit from Madrid and Valencia, and also from the United Arab Emirates and Portugal.”