Real Madrid team B has sacked its manager, Alvaro Benito, following his negative comments on radio and television about some members of the club’s team A players. The comments were in response to the team the 3- 0 defeat of Real Madrid by their arch-rival FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg on Wednesday
Alvaro Benito, who equally serves as a football pundit on many broadcast stations in Madrid city reportedly criticised the formation of the squad against Barcelona after the El-classico game, and allegedly said:
“Vinicius is a blessed irruption, has surprised us all. The problem (in the game against Barcelona) is that there are players like Casemiro who shouldn’t play a minute, and Kroos too.”
The management of Real Madrid did not take the comments from Benito lightly and demanded that he quit his position and was replaced by Raul Gonzalez, former World player of the year, and a former captain of both the Spanish National team as well as Real Madrid, where he started and spent most of his football career.
Even though Benito successfully guided the team B to the second position on the table, behind Atletico Madrid, his comment did not help him hold his much cherished job. To many Real Madrid fans, the clash on Wednesday between Real Madrid and Barcelona was a do – or – die match, which Real Madrid were expected to win. So Benito’s comment was not only annoying to many Real Madrid’s senior players, but it did no good to the reputation of Real Madrid’s coach, who is struggling to establish his authority and success after the former coach Zinedine Zidane, arguably one of the best coaches in Real Madrid’s history in terms of win percentage, left the club.
Following the promotion of coach Raul Gonzalez from the team C to B, we will wait and see whether Raul, arguably one of the finest players Spain has produced in recent years, will transcend his football playing skills to coaching. In football, one’s previous achievements matter less than their current expected results. Raul Gonzalez must prove the Real Madrid management that he is the right man to step in Alvaro Benito’s shoe.