Rafa Benitez: We must be focused and disciplined

Rafa Benitez: We must be focused and disciplined


Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez has said his players must be focused and disciplined ahead of tonight’s match against Athletic Bilbao.

Los Blancos travel to San Mames, a stadium where they lost last season, having yet to concede a goal in a competitive fixture this season.

But at his press conference before the match, Benitez told reporters the trip to the Basque country would be his team’s toughest game to date and the players must concentrate from first minute to last.

“We know that Athletic are a difficult opponent. Real Madrid lost there last year. We have to be focused, continue doing things as we have been up until now and increase our intensity levels. It will be a tough game that can help us maintain and build on our confidence levels,” he commented.

Should Los Blancos keep a clean sheet again, Keylor Navas would set a new record for the best start to a season in the club’s history. And with Cristiano Ronaldo closing in becoming the top scorer in the club’s history, there could be more records broken tonight.

But Benitez said that he’s more interested in three points than any other situation.

“I’d be more excited about winning the match. I’m not obsessed with keeping clean sheets, but rather winning games and playing well. If we win and also happen to set a new record then I’ll be even happier. The team need to be competitive in order to win and if new records are set then we’ll be even happier,” he commented.