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Cristiano Ronaldo backs Zinedine Zidane after second straight Real Madrid win

Cristiano Ronaldo gave ringing endorsement of new coach Zinedine Zidane after Real Madrid's 5-1 La Liga victory on Sunday at home to Sporting Gijon and handed a rebuke to his sacked predecessor Rafa Benitez.

Whenever a colleague leaves not good, Rafael Benitez a great coach: Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone talked about the dismissal of Rafael Benitez from Real Madrid saying that "whenever a colleague leaves is not good" and "it is a situation that hurts" while wishing him the best and de

Battling Real Madrid players deserve praise, says Rafael Benitez

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez said he cannot stop people speculating about his position but felt his team deserved praise for the way they battled with 10 men in Sunday's 2-2 La Liga draw at Valencia.

Factbox: Former Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez

Factbox on former Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez, who was fired by the Spanish club on Monday.

Real Madrid sack Rafa Benitez and appoint Zinedine Zidane as coach

Real Madrid have sacked coach Rafa Benitez after less than half a season in charge and promoted former France and Real great Zinedine Zidane from the B team to replace him, president Florentino Perez said on Monday.

Real Madrid need more consistency, says Rafa Benitez

Under-fire Rafa Benitez said Real Madrid needed to be more consistent and also accused his players of easing off in games ahead of Sunday's La Liga clash with his former club Valencia.

Real Madrid’s Benitez bemoans lack of precision after Villareal defeat

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez criticised his players for a poor first-half performance and a lack of accuracy in front of goal in the second after they suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at Villarreal on Sunday.

Gareth Bale free to play on wing or centrally for Real Madrid, says Rafa Benitez

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale has mainly played a central role in attack this season but he created more danger on the left wing against Shakhtar Donetsk and coach Rafa Benitez said forwards are free to exchange positions.

Perez says Real Madrid remains fully behind Rafael Benitez

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says Real Madrid remains fully behind coach Rafa Benitez despite the humiliating loss to Barcelona this weekend.

Zidane quashes talk of replacing Benitez as Real Madrid manager after Barcelona loss

Real Madrid great Zinedine Zidane has quashed speculations that he is going to replace under-fire Rafael Benitez as the team coach, saying that he is still in a learning process when it comes to coaching a senior team.

Real Madrid won’t rush back injured players, Rafael Benitez says

Real Madrid are not going to risk aggravating injuries to players like James Rodriguez, Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos by rushing them back even though they are close to full fitness, coach Rafa Benitez said on Friday.

Real Madrid’s Benitez hopeful on Modric fitness for Celta clash

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez is optimistic midfielder Luka Modric will be fit to start Saturday's top-of-the-table La Liga clash at Celta Vigo but Karim Benzema is still unavailable and he has doubts over Sergio Ramos.

Real Madrid’s Rafa Benitez rejects defensive claim from Laurent Blanc

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez went on the attack Tuesday as he dismissed Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc's observation that the Spanish giants prefer to defend rather than score goals.

Real Madrid are not a defensive team, Rafa Benitez insists

Real Madrid's new coach Rafa Benitez has dismissed suggestions he has imposed a defensive playing style on the team after they were held to a goalless draw in their opening La Liga match at promoted Sporting Gijon last weeken

Real Madrid not targeting another striker, Rafa Benitez says

Real Madrid are not planning to bring in another striker before the transfer window closes at the end of the month and have full confidence in France forward Karim Benzema, coach Rafa Benitez said on Saturday.

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