Rafa Benitez, the new head coach of the Los Blancos, would be using Cristiano Ronaldo alone upfront next season
There are reports that Rafa Benitez, the new head coach of the Los Blancos, would be using Cristiano Ronaldo alone upfront next season.
It would be quite different to the formation that his predecessor Ancelotti used to use.
Ancelotti had three men playing in the offensive line most of the times.
The reports also say that Karim Benzema would struggle to find himself amongst the starters of Benitez who has already coached several big teams before.
Benitez has come to Bernabeu with a reputation of being defensive minded and if he opts to go with a single striker, it would only draw criticism.
He, however, refused to admit in his press conference yesterday that his management style is defensive.
He was quoted as saying, “There is a perception that I create defensive formations, but, that’s not the case. You see the no. of goals that Napoli struck in the 2014-15 Season. It’s more than 100.”
“I have always believed that you have to attack to win especially when the resources are available for you to do that. Real Madrid is a very strong team and we will be playing an attacking brand of Football.”
When asked about the rumours of Ronaldo going to be used as the only attacking option, Benitez said, “I don’t think it’s appropriate to talk about the formation today But, what I want to make clear is that I would be encouraging attacking play.”
The 2014-15 Season was forgettable for Madrid as not only did they miss on La Liga by a whisker, they couldn’t defend their European title either and that’s why, Ancelotti had to suffer the sack.
Madrid finished second in Liga table with 92 points, just 2 behind the arch rivals and Champions Barcelona.