Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric has termed the move by the club’s hierarchy to sack Spanish manager Rafa Benitez good for the club.
Benitez was sent packing after just six months in charge, having replaced Carlo Ancelotti, with Zinedine Zidane taking over the reins and guiding Madrid to an impressive 5 – 0 win over Deportivo on his first match in charge.
Modric, speaking after the win, thanked Benitez for his time at the team but stated the change was good, admitting that the team played better than in the previous matches.
“I want to thank him for what he has done. But to be honest, I think the change has been good.
“Whenever you lose, someone always has to pay, but to be honest, you only have to compare this game with the previous ones,” he said.
Modric was a constant figure in Benitez’s match day squads though at some points, the Spaniard expected Modric to play more defensively, which the Croatian is not well cut out for.
Reports had it that a number of top Real Madrid players were unhappy with Rafa Benitez’s style in the run up to his dismissal.
In the Saturday win, Gareth Bale netted a hat trick while Karim Benzema netted twice.