Benitez picked a side much more in line with his beliefs after losing 4-0 to Barcelona with an attacking line-up on Saturday, but the defensive issues will worry the Spanish coach
Thursday 26 November 2015
Goal took in the action at the Arena Lviv, where Los Blancos nearly messed up a 4-0 lead as they conceded three times in the last 13 minutes
A double from Antoine Griezmann at the Vicente Calderon sees Diego Simeone's outfit comfortably through to the knockout stages of the Champions League...
A Lars Stindl double sent Die Fohlen into third place in Group D, giving them the edge in the race to finish in third place and earn qualification for the Europa League
Rafa Benitez's side raced into a four goal lead in Ukraine but in the end had to hand on to secure the three points as the home side almost produced a remarkable comeback late on
The France international lasted just 33 minutes against Shakhtar Donetsk and is set to join Sergio Ramos and Marcelo on the sidelines
Both sides need a win to keep their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage alive, with the third-place entry into the Europa League also potentially at stake
Los Blancos are currently six points off Barcelona at the top of La Liga and the ex-England international midfielder has questioned Florentino Perez's choice of manager
Wednesday 25 November 2015
The defender has been struggling with a shoulder injury for two months and has decided now is the time to take a break and try to recover his fitness
The 55-year-old has held a meeting with a selection of his side's key stars in order to outline his tactical direction and give the players a chance to air their views
Sergi Roberto is likely to sit out Barcelona's next two matches after the midfielder picked up an ankle injury in the 6-1 win over Roma.
The Spain international is happy with life with the Bundesliga club and is ready to commit his long-term future to the Allianz Arena outfit
The club technical secretary insists there are no doubts that the Brazilian attacker will decide to sign a new long-term deal at Camp Nou
The Argentine coach says his side are targeting victory against Galatasaray on Wednesday, despite only needing a draw to progress to the last 16
Benitez was handed a vote of confidence by Real Madrid's president on Monday and he must be given the chance to prove himself in the Champions League this season
The former Real boss has paid tribute to the Argentine coach for managing to keep his team's spirits up despite Atletico's difficulties in adapting to new tactics
Brazilian enforcer Casemiro was conspicuously absent from Saturday's Clasico humiliation, underlining his importance to the side - so why did Rafa Benitez drop him?
The former United boss is playing a key role in trying to bring the Portugal international back to Old Trafford - but Paris Saint-Germain also have a mega-money offer lined up
The LA Galaxy midfielder believes his ex-Liverpool team-mate has ascended to the level of the perennial Ballon d'Or contenders since joining Barcelona
The midfielder's current deal expires at the end of the campaign but he insists he is committed to the club and expects to sign an extension to stay in Andalusia