Former Real Madrid head coach Rafa Benitez has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed his training sessions, despite reported friction between the pair.
The former Liverpool, Inter and Napoli coach was sacked by Madrid in January 2016, following a draw with Valencia, with club legend Zinedine Zidane stepping into the role.
But despite reports that the Blancos players had issues with Benitez’s training methods, with Ronaldo thought to be the most disgruntled, the Spaniard insisted that the Madrid players enjoyed his sessions due to the high amount of ball work.
Speaking to BT Sport ahead of the Blancos Champions League clash with Roma, Benitez said: “No, I think that [Ronaldo] was quite happy with the way that we were training because we were training with the ball.
“So for players, and we have top-class players here, they like and enjoy training with the ball.
“[Ronaldo] is a winner, he’s very competitive, he wants to win and he wants to score goals, so that is the positive side. I think it’s fine.”
The former Madrid coach also spoke about the dominance of current treble holders and Liga leaders Barcelona, who have somewhat outshone their great Clasico rivals in recent seasons.
Benitez revealed that the continued success of the Blaugrana is causing problems at the Santiago Bernabeu, as the Blancos always compare themselves with Barcelona.
“The question is Barcelona winning, and that is difficult to manage for Real Madrid,” the 55-year-old said.
“They have to keep winning, but even if they do Barcelona are still doing well and that is a really big problem for Madrid.”
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