Questions over my future misguided: Real Madrid coach Benitez

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Madrid, Jan 4 (IANS) Real Madrid head coach Rafael Benitez has described repeated questions about his future as “misguided” and praised his footballers for their display in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Valencia.

Benitez was denied a much-needed win thanks to Paco Alcacer’s late header, having led early on through Karim Benzema. The Frenchman’s opener was cancelled out by Dani Parejo prior to half-time before Mateo Kovacic was dismissed for a lunge on Andres Gomes.

This win further fuelled speculations about Benitez’s future in the Los Blancos.

“You are entitled to ask the question but I think it is misguided. It is a waste to only see the result. The effort made by the team deserves more praise than anything else,” Benitez was quoted as saying by on Sunday.

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“I cannot control the speculation. What I do is I get the team to work as it has today. They have made a great effort and unfortunately have not taken all three points. We played a good game. In the first half for 35 minutes we had control, the second half was difficult but we worked well,” he added.

Goal-scorer Benzema was withdrawn midway through the second half for Lucas Vazquez shortly before Kovacic was dismissed in a change that will have raised eyebrows.

“Benzema had worked hard. He had a problem the other day and we wanted to have more control in midfield. Unfortunately we then went down to 10 and it was a matter of staying strong. The team made a great effort with ten,” Benitez clarified.

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