Benitez: Madrid need to relax

Rafa Benitez has claimed that Real Madrid need to relax when the going gets tough following Saturday’s goalless draw with Malaga in La Liga.

Los Blancos fired 31 attempts at the Andalucians’ goal, with most of them falling to Cristiano Ronaldo, but none of them beat Carlos Kameni, and the Coach felt his side lost their nerve in the latter stages of the match.

“We had many attempts but weren’t successful,” he said after the game.

“We created enough chances to score and win the game. When a team sits back, it’s hard to find spaces.

“From there, you must manage your anxiety in order to avoid making errors of your own.

“We arrived many times in their box, but so did they from our mistakes on three occasions.

“The team, from the physical point of view, were good. I insisted on them to be balanced and they were.

“We became anxious in the final five minutes, when we should’ve stayed calm and kept the ball moving.

“It wasn’t an easy game, even it seemed positive from the number of chances we created.

“Jese suffered some very bad cramping, but nothing more than that.

“It wasn’t a question of energy but precision [on why he only made one change].

“We were looking for more width to our play and didn’t want to overload the middle of the park.

“I didn’t see [Isco’s shot cleared off the line] but all I’m saying is that a goal-line referee or technology can always help.”

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