Rafa Benitez: We have to be more clinical

Rafa Benitez: We have to be more clinical


Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez says his team needs to be more clinical after Los Blancos squandered chance after chance in the 1-0 defeat to Villarreal.

Roberto Soldado’s early goal gave the hosts the three points at El Madrigal on Sunday evening, but the visitors has 20 shots at goal throughout the match.

The defeat, Real’s third of the La Liga campaign, leaves them five points off the top of the table.

Afterwards, Benitez told the media he was angry his players failed to take the chances particularly knowing they had the chance to close the gap on leaders Barcelona to just two points if they had won.

“It’s difficult to explain, but these things sometimes happen. I’m not happy at all with the first half. In the first half we didn’t play well. I expected the team to play the way it did in the second. In the second half we didn’t take our chances, but we did what we should have done from the start” he stated.

And he added: “It’s a league season in which teams are going to drop points. All the teams at the top are going to drop points. To challenge for the title you have to win a lot of games and these types of matches, with the favourable situation that existed before kick-off, are there for us to really lay down our title intentions.”

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