Benitez: Madrid an attacking team

Rafa Benitez dismisses Laurent Blanc’s assessment of Real Madrid as ‘defensive but efficient,’ replying: ‘We’re an attacking team and want to win games.’

Blanc offered the description when speaking to the media ahead of Madrid’s visit to France on Wednesday and when it was Benitez’s turn with the reports, he rejected the tag.

“We’re an attacking team and we want to win games,” he said, AS reports.

“The numbers of Chelsea, Napoli and Madrid are the argument. Here we are the team that scores the most goals, has a lot more shots and concedes fewer. Our idea will always be to score goals and be offensive.

“Look at the numbers. They are spectacular, despite the injuries. They say the results are what matter but that doesn’t seem to count.

“We have the greatest scorer in the history of Madrid and Europe. We have to keep the ball, control the game and score more goals than they do.

“I don’t know why it’s said [Madrid and PSG] are two opposite styles. And if Madrid score a lot of goals, it will be entertaining.”

Benitez was asked about the fitness of some of his players and revealed who is definitely out and who is touch-and-go.

“Luka Modric has trained these past few days and he’s with us, and if he’s here, we think he can play,” he said of the midfielder.

“Gareth Bale was tired. He said he had a niggle but he wanted to keep playing [against Levante] and we took him off. Then we found he had an injury.

“Losing a player of his level is important but the team controlled the game even without him and won.”

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