Rafa Benitez: We know we can improve

Rafa Benitez: We know we can improve


Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez says there is plenty of room for improvement after watching his side lift the Trofeo Bernabeu on Tuesday evening.

Nacho Fernandez and Marcelo grabbed the goals for the hosts while former Los Blancos player Wesley Sneijder scored for the visitors. The 10-time Champions League winners we far from their best though and will need to improve if they are to harbour aspirations of wrestling the league title back from Barcelona this season.

But at his press conference, Benitez told reporters there were many reasons why the team was looking under-par, such as a number of players missing through injury and the late arrival of some players back to pre-season.

He stated: “The team is good, but needs to improve we had positive things, but we lacked some control. The first day is exciting but we’ve to be highly concentrated. Regarding the starting 11 there are many alternatives.”

He went on to discuss a number of options he already has at his disposal and added he could still dip into the transfer market.

“With Isco, James and Bale we have different movements and that is what we seek. Gareth creates spaces to create chances for him and for others too, must find the balance.

“Cristiano had occasions today, we should know it’s the same with Jese, Gareth and James. They are players who should score. I am very happy with what I have, and I hope against Sporting we leave aside the debate of whether I need a striker. Until August 31 everything can change I have a very good squad and it’s here, will have to be commitment.”


  1. Rafa Benitez will have no excuse if Real Madrid do not win trophie this season. It will a big shame and waste. The team right now needs another very good striker and again sign David De Gea. Llorente is not the kind of stiker Real M. need.