‘If Rafa has to rotate Ronaldo, he will’

Rafa Benitez will incorporate Cristiano Ronaldo into this much scrutinised rotation system if he feels he needs to, according to former Liverpool player Josemi.

The right-back, who played under the new Real Madrid Coach while at Anfield, also expressed his belief that Benitez will be able to manage the egos of Los Blancos’ vast array of star players.

“The relationship with him was cordial,” Josemi said of his experiences working with the former Chelsea, Inter and Napoli boss.

“Rafa Benitez used rotation to freshen up the team and if he needed to do it, he did.

“He didn’t have any problem with it because above all he was trying to help the team.

“He knows how to manage the stars. If one day he has to rotate Cristiano, it is for certain he will.

“He believes that rotation is necessary and for that reason he has a squad, not just 11 players.”

Josemi also passed comment on some of Benitez’s other characteristics.

“He is insistent and a perfectionist. He likes to work and he makes players better.

“He likes to play football and I don’t believe he is a defensive Coach.”

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