Real Madrid no better since Benitez departure – Marcelino

Real Madrid no better since Benitez departure – Marcelino


Villarreal boss Marcelino says he can’t see any improvement from Real Madrid since sacking Rafa Benitez.

Benitez was given his marching orders in January – just seven months after he was appointed to the role. He was replaced by Zinedine Zidane.

At the time the Frenchman took over, Los Blancos were third in the table, four points off the summit. Despite losing just one game in the 12 he has taken charge of, Real are still third in La Liga but the gap has grown to 12 points with 10 games to go.

Speaking to Cadena SER, Marcelino said Benitez had a tough job to do when he came in and Real are no better off for making the decision to get rid of him. He also said he’d one day like to be the national team boss but is happy for now with the day-to-day running of a club.

“Of course, I would like to be national team coach, it would be the greatest pride for any coach, anyone would like to lead the national team. But now I feel more like a club coach – I need the day to day [work] and close competition,” he stated.

And he added: “To be national team coach there are other coaches, like Rafa Benitez, with experience and who have won titles. He arrived at Real Madrid in a difficult situation, but I do not think the team have improved a lot since he left. I say what I think from watching Real Madrid play. The Bernabeu is hard because Madrid is far away in La Liga and out of the Copa.”