With three losses in the last five La Liga matches, the pressure on Rafa Benitez to convince the Real Madrid fans and management that he is still the right man for the job is as high as it can get.
The Spaniard is preparing the team for a game against Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu and he will be hoping he bags a win to calm nerves at the club.
Speaking ahead of the Sunday match, Benitez sought to endear himself to the fans while assuring that he will steady the rocking ship after securing a place in the UEFA Champions League second round.
“The team qualified brilliantly for the Champions League (they face Roma in the last 16) and in La Liga everything could have changed in a few weeks,”
“I am convinced that the side is going to do well and will battle for La Liga and the Champions League,” he told espn.
With the team’s former coach Jose Mourinho having been shown the door at Chelsea following a poor run, the Portuguese manager has been mentioned among Rafa’s potential replacements.
However, his compatriot at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, the Team B coach, has emerged as the more serious challenger even though Benitez played the matter down.
“He is a good manager. He is improving and we have a good, normal relationship, we exchange information to find out how players are faring,” he said.