Benitez says there is media campaign against Real Madrid

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Real Madrid Coach Rafa Benitez asserts there is a media campaign against him and club president Florentino Perez with things criticized and made up.

Benitez says there is media campaign against Real Madrid

SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (DECEMBER 29, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH RAFA BENITEZ SAYING:

“There’s a campaign, a campaign against Florentino, against Real Madrid, against its coach, so everything that may be criticised is criticised and what isn’t is manipulated or made-up.”

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3. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH RAFA BENITEZ SAYING:

“Fortunately the English press doesn’t exaggerate as much as the Spanish press on daily events. Here any technical decision is taken as a personal decision, any tweet seems to bring down the foundations of the country, so when I am there I was at ease with my family (over the holidays) thinking only about what we need to do to beat Real Sociedad and what we need to do to win titles this year and all subsequent years we can be here.”

STORY: Under-pressure Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez believes there is a campaign against him and the club and that the team is not playing as badly as is being made out ahead of the La Liga game against Real Sociedad on Wednesday (December 30).

Speculation has been rife in the Spanish capital over the future of Benitez who has failed to win over many fans with his team’s results and style of play this season.

“There is a campaign against (president) Florentino (Perez), Real Madrid and its coach,” Benitez told a news conference on Tuesday (December 29).

“Everything that may be criticized is criticized and what isn’t is manipulated or made-up,” he added.

Real face Sociedad on the back of a crushing 10-2 win over Rayo Vallecano but the result was distorted by two sendings-off for the visitors who looked strong early on and held a 2-1 lead.

Although they have scored freely against the more modest sides, Real have generally been unable to beat stronger opponents and a humiliating 4-0 loss to arch-rivals Barcelona last month was particularly damaging for Benitez.

Real are two points off joint leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid with 33 points from 16 games, but the Catalan side have a game in hand after playing in the Club World Cup.

Benitez said he was able to relax over Christmas which he spent with his family in northern England where he used to manage Liverpool.

“Fortunately the English press doesn’t exaggerate as much as the Spanish press on daily events. Here any technical decision is taken as a personal decision, any tweet seems to bring down the foundations of the country, so when I am there I was at ease with my family,” Benitez said, adding he was only “thinking only about what we need to do to beat Real Sociedad and what we need to do to win titles this year and all subsequent years we can be here.”

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