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OFFICIAL: Rafa Benítez leaves Real Madrid, Zidane appointed

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Real Madrid confirmed the news.

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It's finally official. Rafa Benítez is no longer Real Madrid's coach. The Spanish manager has only been in the Spanish capital since this past summer and his lack of good results and encouraging performances sealed his fate.

Benítez was never able to build a good relationship with his players and some of his decisions were questionable to say the least. Neither James nor Isco have been important under Benítez and that is definitely something that ended up hurting his project.

Zinedine Zidane will now take over as the coach and he will have a very talented roster at his disposal. It's true that Real Madrid have a good point deficit to overcome in La Liga, but this roster is capable of getting some good consecutive wins to keep the race for the Liga BBVA title alive until the very end of the season. And keep in mind that the Champions League is there...