Rafael Benitez was sacked in January by Real Madrid after becoming Los Blancos’ longest serving manager, by managing to remain in the hot seat for seven months – six months, two weeks and four days longer than the previous record holder.
Rafa clearly feels that the La Liga giant’s continual changing of manager is the reason for the ever increasing gap between them and Barcelona: “You have to fight against Barcelona and Barcelona has a style of football, a model of football and then Real Madrid is changing managers every year so you have to start again – and that is the reason why Real Madrid has won one league title in the last seven, Atlético Madrid one and Barcelona five.
If Benitez had remained at the Bernabeu, what would’ve happened?
Expulsion from La Liga
Despite Denis Cheryshev heading out to Gary Neville’s in form Valencia, the defender would have gone one further than causing Real Madrid being kicked out of the Copa Del Rey, by seeing them evicted from Spain’s top flight.
Popping back to the Bernabeu to collect his coat that he’d left behind, Cheryshev would inadvertently wander onto the pitch during a game whilst chasing a 5€ note that was blowing in the wind – ironically, it would end up being his finest Real Madrid performance.
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes a centre-back
Rafa’s love for building teams that are defensively sound would see a CR7 change his game totally to become a fine sweeper. However, not to be outdone, Lionel Messi became Barca’s ‘keeper and scored four hat-tricks in a row.
Because Madrid are ridiculous, Benitez would still have been sacked at some point this season, even if he had made it past January, 32 points clear at the top of La Liga. However, because Madrid are really, really, really, really ridiculous the Spaniard would have been reinstated at some point later in the campaign following the failure of David Moyes, Gary Neville and Eddie Howe as Madrid managers since his departure.