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Rafa Benitez talks Real Madrid and Liverpool

The current Newcastle manager spoke to Naples radio station about life at Napoli and reflected on both Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Rafa Benitez talks Real Madrid and Liverpool
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Rafa Benítez, the Newcastle coach, spoke to Naples radio programme Kiss Kiss Napoli about the current situation of the Serie A team, as well as his previous clubs, Real Madrid and Liverpool.

Rafa says Madrid need to be winning

The Spaniard, who managed the Gli Azzurri from 2013 to 2015 before taking over at the Santiago Bernabéu, built a good part of the team that Sarri then took advantage of, and that Ancelotti is now enjoying said:

"We tried to make Napoli more international, something the president had wanted. Sarri did a great job and now Ancelotti is too. They should continue what they're doing: winning the Scudetto against Juve is difficult, but they can also achieve using squad rotation," said the 58-year old.

Asked about his time in Madrid, he replied, "Madrid is a very strong team, one that always has to be winning. If not, it means that something is not working. I am, however, focused on Newcastle and so I can't say anything else."

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Liverpool, Napoli, PSG, Red Star

The so called Champions League 'group of death' included two of his former sides, Napoli and Liverpool, along with PSG and Red Star, and Benitez believes both of them can qualify.

"With Napoli we amassed 12 points and we couldn't qualify. It is a very complicated group; Liverpool are still undefeated in the Premier League, the potential of PSG is well-known, and Red Star has really interesting young players who gave The Reds a surprise. Napoli, however, have already proved that they can achieve their goal."

Benitez was then asked about the possibility of returning to take the helm in Naples.

"I am still young and I would like to continue coaching. Of course, I will never forget Napoli. Back in England I speak of its beauty that, unfortunately, many people do not know".


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