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Benitez Claims He’s Being Unfairly Criticized

Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez says that there’s a negative campaign being driven against him and club president Florentino Perez.

Benitez has had trouble winning over some fans with the style of game that he has had the team playing this season, but the Spaniard claims that there’s an agenda against him and the club.

“There is a campaign against [the president] Florentino [Pérez], Real Madrid and me,” Benitez said. “Everything is criticized that can be and where not it is manipulated which anyone can see. This is particularly clear if you look at the situation from the outside.”

Real sits in third place in La Liga with 33 points in 16 games, two points behind rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Barcelona has a game in hand after playing in the Club World Cup in Japan.

“Everything is being magnified and I have a lot of experience coaching so I know to be distracted as little as possible,” Benitez said. “I have 24 players in the squad but when I leave out one player then it is made out that it is something personal and a load of speculation is built up. The team is a lot better than people think.

“My relationship with the players is infinitely better than what you read in the press. There is a communications department that keeps me informed. The team is doing some things well and others not so much.”

Real Madrid takes on Real Sociedad on Wednesday.

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