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Pérez to decide Benítez's future

SPORTYOU SPORTYOU 04/01/2016 sportyou
Florentino Pérez decidirá si mantiene a Rafa Benítez © Getty Images Florentino Pérez decidirá si mantiene a Rafa Benítez

The Valencia fixture was the time to judge Real Madrid's progress and the truth is that no great improvement in the team's play was noticeable. After the defeat at Villarreal, it was leaked out that Rafa Benítez had three games to sort things out and get the players to give a better image of themselves on the pitch. The matches against Rayo Vallecano, Real Sociedad and Valencia have left a balance of seven points, some spells of good play, others in which the team looked nervous, several goals conceded and a cacophony of whistles ringing in the manager's ears.

With this 'report' on the table before him, Florentino Pérez must now take a decision. The team are once again trailing Atlético by five points and Barcelona could stretch their advantage to six if they win their game in hand, an away fixture at Sporting. Madrid are third in the table and in no way give the impression that the distance that separates the coach and the players, one of the main sticking points of this project, has been narrowed.

For the moment, Florentino Pérez has no plans to call a board meeting, at least not in the coming hours, but that could change from one moment to the next. Real Madrid's situation is not good. The team have dropped 17 points so far in the league and now is maybe the right time to make changes because the calendar over the next few weeks is benevolent, with several fixtures at the Santiago Bernabéu. The solution will most likely be Zinedine Zidane, who right now is in charge of Real Madrid Castilla. This weekend, the French coach earned a draw at La Roda, and on the way back to Madrid he heard that Benítez had failed to pick up all three points at the Mestalla.

Before the president's ultimatum, the thumb was already pointing downwards and there is no sign that the last three games are going to change a decision that seemingly had been taken some time ago, and that could now be acted on, either in the coming days or even in the next few hours.

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