Rafa Benitez has spoken about his Real Madrid departure, saying ‘you have to be perfect’ at Santiago Bernabeu and complaining of impatience.
Benitez, sacked by Florentino Perez in January, appeared as a panellist on BT Sport for Madrid’s game at Roma, and was asked about his experience at the club.
“Obviously as someone who has come from the Academy of Real Madrid, I was really proud to be there every time that I was,” he said, the Daily Mirror reports.
“It's a pity because we qualified [for the knockout stages of the Champions League] without losing any games and scoring a lot of goals.
“We were really pleased with the team and it's a pity that we're not there.
“It's difficult to explain. You need to know exactly what happened in Real Madrid in the last years.
“You could see [Jose Antonio] Camacho, [Vicente] Del Bosque, [Manuel] Pellegrini, [Jose] Mourinho, [Carlo] Ancelotti…it's not easy to be there manager there.
“You have to do everything perfect. As soon as something is wrong or the chairman thinks that it's wrong then you're used to having problems. I think that we were quite good, as I said before.
“I think that we could do really well but they were a little bit nervous and the fans were a little bit nervous and the chairman was a little bit nervous then they change the manager.”