Rafael Benitez responds to ‘lies’ he tried to teach Ronaldo free-kicks and change Luka Modric passing

Rafael Benitez responds to 'lies' he tried to teach Ronaldo free-kicks and change Luka Modric passing

Did Rafael Benitez attempt to educate Cristiano Ronaldo free-kicks and alter Luka Modric’s passing at Real Madrid? He has presented an evidence.

Rafael Benitez insists it’s not true he attempted to show Cristiano Ronaldo easy methods to take free-kicks whilst head trainer of Real Madrid.

Benitez was once in fee on the Santiago Bernabeu for an ill-fated seven months between June 2015 and January 2016 earlier than he was once changed by means of Zinedine Zidane.

The former Liverpool supervisor struggled to win over the lovers and reportedly had a troublesome courting with a few of Madrid’s first-team stars, maximum particularly Ronaldo.

Benitez is claimed to have inspired the Portugal big name to study photos of his personal previous performances in an effort to support and, in accordance to a few experiences, even tried to instruct Madrid’s file goalscorer how very best to shoot from dead-ball scenarios.

However, Benitez, now trainer of Chinese Super League facet Dalian Yifang, has presented his facet of the tale.

“That’s a lie. At no time did I tell him how he had to take them,” Benitez advised Marca.

“The simplest dialog I had with Cristiano about free-kicks was once in Australia, all over pre-season. I advised him we had analysed, along with my goalkeeper trainer, the free-kicks he took when he was once at Manchester United and the trajectory of the ball in the case of the location of the wall.

“Our idea then, as Liverpool coaches, was to try to counter their [United’s] free-kicks. But that’s it. At no time, as coach of Madrid, did I tell CR7 how free-kicks should be taken.”

Benitez additionally denied looking to convince Luka Modric to forestall passing the ball with the outdoor of his proper foot, insisting he simply inspired the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner to make use of his instep for brief, easy passes.

“I only told him that, of course, when you have a simple pass, you have to hit it with the inside [of your foot] because then it’s easier for your team-mate,” Benitez mentioned. “When I performed, I extensively utilized the outdoor, however in 10-15-metre passes.

“Anyone who knows me knows this is a lie [that I told Modric to stop]. However, it’s very easy to release lies and make them appear true.”

Benitez stays reluctant to speak publicly about his short-lived spell accountable for Madrid, which ended with a 2-2 draw at Valencia on January three.

“I went a long time without talking about the club. In one moment, it occurred to me to say something… and it seemed as though I couldn’t say what I thought,” Benitez mentioned.

“Therefore, what I do isn’t discuss Madrid. I center of attention at the long run, which is Dalian.

“We have been in a position to signal Lucas [Vazquez], Casemiro and [Mateo] Kovacic. Two of them are nonetheless there, and at a excellent degree, however I don’t need to discuss that.

“In six months, they let me do what they let me do. For whatever reason, there wasn’t interest to do more. And that’s it. I don’t want to say more.”

Benitez was once a much more widespread determine all over his 3 years accountable for Newcastle United earlier than he moved to China.

The 59-year-old says he became down a number of gives from different profitable leagues earlier than taking the Dalian function, as he felt the opposite golf equipment didn’t constitute the similar significant problem, even though he isn’t discounting a go back to Europe.

“I’m not thinking of coming back now,” he mentioned. “We need to broaden this Chinese undertaking. Before coming right here, I had gives from other puts, however they didn’t meet the prerequisites we have been on the lookout for.

“We will have long gone to different international locations. There was once some huge cash from a number of leagues the place they pay so much. But they have been groups that didn’t have the capability to compete, to win.

“Here, in addition to a good contract, there’s a project where nobody demands that you win titles, but to improve and leave something for the future, a legacy. And we’re doing that.”

He added: “The important leagues always attract me. The essential thing is that people know we are up-to-date with everything. We never stop, my team and I.”