The similarity between Zidane and Rafa Benítez

The similarity between Zidane and Rafa Benítez


After seven games in La Liga, Real Madrid are second in the table, with the same points as Atlético de Madrid, top of the table with 15 points. We are only at the beginning of October and Los Blancos are in a position to win everything this season. However, nervousness is already around Santiago Bernabéu after the last four disappointing games.

At this time of the year, in the past season, Real Madrid had also 15 points, when Rafa Benítez was in charge of the team. Then, however, there were already serious doubts about the capability of the Spanish coach of handling a team like Real Madrid. One year after and only with seven games in La Liga, Zidane has got 15 points after three consecutives draws in the league.

Rafa Benítez was even able to win the two games played in the Champions League because Real Madrid defeated last year Shakhtar Donetsk (4-0) and Malmo (0-2) in the group stage. This season, Real Madrid beat with problems Sporting Portugal (2-1) thanks to a goal in the extra time from Morata and they drew (2-2) in Dortmund.

There are some people already criticizing Zinedine Zidane but the coach has still credit. Rafa Benítez, at this point of the season, had lost the confidence of many players and supporters. The Spanish manager lost everything when Real Madrid lost at home (0-4) against FC Barcelona and no one thought he could finish the season.

“We are not in crisis”, Zidane said after the fourth straight draw against Eibar. However, everybody was quite disappointed about how the team played with the Basque team. According to MARCA, the coach even said to the players: “You want to win only because you wear the Real Madrid t-shirt”. Real Madrid need to improve and react as soon as possible, otherwise the season could be similar to the past one.