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Benítez: "A team with this much quality have to attack, score goals and win"

NEWS | 03/06/2015 | Edu Bueno

“I've been working for years to achieve success and returning home was always an aim of mine”, he said.
Rafa Benítez held his first press conference as the new Real Madrid manager following his presentation ceremony in the Santiago Bernabéu: “It is a special day and a very emotional one. I've been working for many years to achieve success and return home, which was always one of my aims. I hope that our Real Madrid plays well and wins, that the supporters are entertained and are able to celebrate titles”.

“A lot of memories came flooding back to me during the presentation. When we used to train in the Bernabéu... Memories are what affect you emotionally. Knowing you have a great team, an enormously powerful institution behind you and the objective of winning titles is a big challenge and a continuous source of motivation in terms of carrying out our day-to-day work”.

The goalkeeper debate
“My general plan is to make the most of this great team and not get into the individual aspects today. I have an excellent and extremely professional squad of players and I'll assess each of them regardless of their name”.

Playing style
“Real Madrid is such a massive club that it always keeps a curious eye on what might be going on in the transfer market. The team have to play at their best if they're going to win and have a clear idea of what they want to achieve. We need to be a competitive team, play good football and aspire to win. When you're in charge of a team with this much quality you have to attack, score goals and play well whenever possible”.

“I've been involved with football for years and have experience of different structures. I've come here to be the coach and make myself available for the club. The squad possesses so much quality that we'll have to try and get the best out of these players, who are already excellent”.

Signs of support for Ancelotti
“I see that as a very positive thing. The players have to show their affection for a great person and a fantastic coach like Ancelotti. I'd like the same to happen to me whenever the day comes that I might have to leave. I spoke with him and wished him the best. He is a wonderful professional”.

Playing system
“Instead of speaking about the idea and the system today, I think I have to first explain my idea of work. People say I'm a defensive coach but we scored 104 goals at Napoli, a club record. We'll determine later whether one player or another occupies a certain position. I'm not worried about playing one player or another as they're all so good”.

Work methodology
“The approach to work is a different thing to the playing system. We'll train with the ball 80% of the time and without it for the remaining 20%. That's our way of working, by controlling things and being rigorous, by speaking with the players and seeing how they feel because that has allowed us to get this far. You have to adapt to the quality of the squad, as you have to be attack-minded while maintaining the balance in defence”.

This is the most talented squad I've ever had.

“I started out at the academy and I know it well. I understand the difficulties involved because I've experienced these issues with other teams, for example when I was with Liverpool. My main responsibility is with the first team but that doesn't mean I won't be keeping an eye on things and trying to help out where I can. I've already spoken with Zidane in Valdebebas”.

The team
“They're all great professionals. As to who will be playing in this game or the other, that decision will be made when the time comes. I like football and exchanging ideas with my players. The objective is trying to get the whole team to play well by getting the best out of the individual players”.

“You have to compete and try to win here. The onus is on you to play at a very high level. The players have all got plenty of experience and will be able to adapt to this change naturally. There is a process when a new manager arrives but the team still have to be at the top of their game at all times. The president understands that clearly, as do I. My time at Real Madrid has shown me that being number one is all that counts. Finishing second counts for nothing. The objective is to win as much as possible. I'm not prioritising titles, instead I'll be focusing on winning the next game”.

“Experience shows itself by how we react to given situations. Each league was a different experience. We're talking about La Liga here as well as an environment we are familiar with. We'll be trying to apply our experiences from the other leagues in order to win titles”.

“We have a great team and I'm not going to get into names. We have to concentrate on getting settled in and assessing what kind of performances we can likely get out of the squad. After that we'll see what is best for Real Madrid”.

Technical staff
“Fabio Pecchia played with Juve and Antonio Gómez made his debut with Real Madrid. They are my two assistants and are both exceptional men. Valero is the goalkeeping coach. Paco de Miguel is the fitness coach. Pedro Campos will collaborate with the scouts. They're all more than ready and their experience will stand to them. Saying that, I've met some of the coaches in Valdebebas and we're going to try and make the most of their knowledge as the club already has some excellent coaches”.

“As a coach you are eternally unsatisfied with your work. Constructive criticism will be welcomed and unconstructive criticism will be ignored. Everyone is capable of improving and learning. What matters is that you do so on the job while the team continue to win”.

Number of managerial changes
“10 is a lucky number. With the demands of football nowadays it's to be expected that there is a rush to win titles. Every team experiences managerial changes”.