Benitez aims snipe at Real Madrid replacement Zidane

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Rafael Benitez hasn’t quite got over his dismissal from Real Madrid, or so it seems after his bitter comments ahead of Los Merengues’ Champions League clash against AS Roma.

The ex-Liverpool coach was dismissed from the Bernabeu after only six months in the job, having replaced Carlo Ancelotti during the summer.

Benitez himself was ousted earlier this season when Florentino Perez opted to replace the former Valencia boss with club legend Zinedine Zidane.

Since taking the helm at the Bernabeu, the former French playmaker has won five of his six league games—drawing one—while he also won his managerial Champions League debut by seeing off Roma on Wednesday evening.

Speaking ahead of the match, Benitez—who lost three league games—including a 4-0 home demolition at the hands of Barcelona—feels that Zizou has had an easy ride so far in his Real coaching career.

“His first games were quite easy, particularly as he was at home,” Benitez began, speaking to BT Sport. “When they played against Betis away, they had problems, and against Granada they had even bigger problems as well.

“So we’ll see!”

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