Real Madrid are not a defensive team, Rafa Benitez insists
Real Madrid are not a defensive team, Rafa Benitez insists

Real Madrid`s new coach Rafa Benitez has dismissed suggestions he has imposed a defensive playing style on the team after they were held to a goalless draw in their opening La Liga match at promoted Sporting Gijon last weekend.

La Liga, Gameweek 2: Preview
La Liga, Gameweek 2: Preview

Real Madrid will be looking to put a disappointing start to Rafael Benitez`s reign in charge behind them when Real Betis visit the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Real Madrid not targeting another striker: Rafael Benitez
Real Madrid not targeting another striker: Rafael Benitez

Real Madrid are not planning to bring in another striker before the transfer window closes at the end of the month and have full confidence in France forward Karim Benzema, coach Rafa Benitez said on Saturday.

Pepe extends contract with Real Madrid
Pepe extends contract with Real Madrid

Portuguese international defender Pepe has extended his contract with Real Madrid until 2017, the Spanish club announced on Friday, just days after his central defensive colleague Sergio Ramos also penned a new deal.

Rafa Benitez unconcerned by misfiring Real Madrid attack
Rafa Benitez unconcerned by misfiring Real Madrid attack

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez is not worried about his side`s relative goal drought in their final warm-up matches before they begin their La Liga campaign on Sunday with a trip to promoted Sporting Gijon.

Real Madrid's Rafa Benitez seeking balance between defence, attack
Real Madrid's Rafa Benitez seeking balance between defence, attack

In his first season in charge at Real Madrid, Rafa Benitez faces a delicate balancing act between allowing his formidable attack the freedom to perform and preventing opponents exploiting any defensive weakness.

Real defender Pepe has thigh injury, says club
Real defender Pepe has thigh injury, says club

Real Madrid defender Pepe has a thigh muscle injury, the Spanish club said Saturday, raising doubts that he will be fit enough in time for his team`s first game of the season in two weeks.

Rafa Benitez suffers frustrating Real Madrid debut in Melbourne
Rafa Benitez suffers frustrating Real Madrid debut in Melbourne

 Rafa Benitez kicked off his tenure as Real Madrid boss with a frustrating 7-6 penalty shootout loss to AS Roma in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

''Winner'' Sergio Ramos needed at Real Madrid, says Rafa Benitez
''Winner'' Sergio Ramos needed at Real Madrid, says Rafa Benitez

Spain defender Sergio Ramos is not leaving Real Madrid and is an integral part of the La Liga giants` plans, according to new coach Rafa Benitez.

Real Madrid must move past ''division'' of Iker Casillas exit: Rafa Benitez
Real Madrid must move past ''division'' of Iker Casillas exit: Rafa Benitez

The controversial departure of Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has created "division" at the Spanish giants and they must put it behind them as soon as possible, coach Rafa Benitez said on Friday.

Raheem Sterling thanks former managers after Manchester City move
Raheem Sterling thanks former managers after Manchester City move

England winger Raheem Sterling has thanked his former team Liverpool's managers for his progress after completing a move to rival club Manchester City.

Would have accepted Real Madrid coaching job: Zinedine Zidane
Would have accepted Real Madrid coaching job: Zinedine Zidane

 France football legend Zinedine Zidane revealed on Tuesday that he would have accepted if Spanish giants Real Madrid had asked him to succeed Italian Carlo Ancelotti as head coach.

Real Madrid squad very hard to improve, says new coach Rafa Benitez
Real Madrid squad very hard to improve, says new coach Rafa Benitez

It will be "immensely difficult" for Real Madrid to improve their squad but they still plan to make more signings in the close season, new coach Rafa Benitez said on Monday.

Sergio Aguero 'very happy' at Mancester City, rejects Real Madrid links
Sergio Aguero 'very happy' at Mancester City, rejects Real Madrid links

Striker Sergio Aguero wants to stay at Manchester City this summer as he looks to fulfil his ambition of winning the European Champions League while rejecting the advances of Spanish football giants Real Madrid.

Rafa Benitez is right replacement in Real Madrid: Roberto Carlos
Rafa Benitez is right replacement in Real Madrid: Roberto Carlos

Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos says club president Florentino Perez was wrong to sack Carlo Ancelotti as coach, but nonetheless feels Rafael Benitez is a fine replacement.

Rafa Benitez takes on greatest challenge at Real Madrid
Rafa Benitez takes on greatest challenge at Real Madrid

Rafa Benitez was appointed Real Madrid coach on Wednesday, the much-travelled 55-year-old taking on one of the most demanding jobs in club soccer in which he will be expected to deliver major trophies in short order.

Real Madrid vice-president lets slip signing of Rafa Benitez as coach
Real Madrid vice-president lets slip signing of Rafa Benitez as coach

Real Madrid vice-president Eduardo Fernandez de Blas has accidentally let slip at the meeting of a fans group that Rafa Benitez will be the new club coach.

Rafa Benitez to leave Napoli: Reports
Rafa Benitez to leave Napoli: Reports

Former Valencia, Liverpool, Inter and Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez will be leaving Serie A side Napoli next week, claimed reports on Thursday.

Sevilla on brink of return to Europa League final
Sevilla on brink of return to Europa League final

Holders Sevilla are on the brink of a return to the Europa League final as they take a 3-0 lead to Italy for the second leg of their semi-final against Fiorentina on Thursday.

Italian clubs have good chance for earning silverware in Europe
Italian clubs have good chance for earning silverware in Europe

Italy's Serie A clubs have grabbed the oppurtunity to finally shine on European soil as it marks a sense of respite given their absence at the big stage in recent years. Italian domestic champions Juventus led the way in booking a berth in the semi-final of the Champions League and it was followed by the success of Fiorentina and Napoli who registered qualification for the semis of the Europa League.