With the imminent approach of a new season in European Football, we take a look at the coaches whose performances and leadership are going to suffer strict scrutiny this season. Football Management is an unforgiving job. Being in favour one month and on the verge of the sack in the next are all too common as the modern game eats up Managerial posts like no other. Here, we at Hardtackle take a birds-eye view of the managers who need to silence their detractors and what they need to do to ensure they have a paycheck at the end of the season. Rafa Benitez Almost an inevitability, this. Every Real Madrid manager is under constant pressure to deliver, as Carlos Ancelloti found out to his misfortune. Winning the coveted La Decima and the Copa Del Rey in his first season did not save him from a trophy-less second. The ravenous Madridistas demand constant achievement, not to mention entertainment while youa re […]

Real Madrid defender Pepe believes a a spectaculara season awaits the club in the first season in charge of former Liverpool FC manager Rafa Benitez, but, only if everyone connected to club pulls in the same direction. Real Madrid decided to sack Carlo Ancelotti from the helm of affairs after the club failed to win any trophies this season. Former Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC manager Rafa Benitez, who was in charge of Napoli until this season, was appointed as the new manager. Pepe believes that Real will have a “spectacular” first season under Benitez should everyone at the club pull in the same direction, despite finishing trophyless in 2014-15. a If we all work to death in the same direction, showing team spirit, success will follow, of that I have no doubt,a he told Marca. a We respect all our opponents, but we have a great squad with great quality. Thata s why I insist that unity is the […]

Real Madrid’s new coach Rafael Benitez said Monday the Spanish giants will play offensively under his watch and are looking to sign new players before the start of the new season. “We have attacking players, so our idea of play will be offensive,” he said in an interview published on Real Madrid’s website. “Our style of play will be based on playing attacking football, having possession of the ball whenever we can, attacking by moving the ball quickly, looking not to lose balance between attack and defence,” he added. Benitez, 55, signed a three-year deal this month to take charge of the Spanish club where he began his coaching career in the youth ranks during the early nineties. . The former Liverpool FC coach can count on two new players next year — Brazil right-back Danilo and Brazilian defensive midfielder Casemiro who Real Madrid signed from Portuguese side Porto earlier this year. Asked if the club will sign new players, […]

Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata Wants Real Madrid bound David De Gea to stay and has given his stamp of approval to former Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC boss Rafa Benitez to succeed as Real Madrid boss. David de Gea is widely expected to swap Old Trafford for the Bernabeu this summer after the goalkeeper refused a reported A?200,000-per-week offer to stay at Manchester United. Juan Mata has spoken of the desire to see his fellow Spaniard reject the move and stay at the English giants. ‘Lots of people ask me about De Gea. He’s a friend and I want him to be happy,’ he told Marca. ‘He’s currently one of the best goalkeepers in the world. From a selfish point of view, I would want to have him in my team.’ Should David De Gea were to move to the Spanish capital, he would play for Juan Mata’s former manager at Chelsea FC, Rafa Benitez. Rafa Benitez won the […]

Jamie Carragher has backed his former Liverpool FC manager Rafa Ben tez to succeed at Real Madrid, claiming “he always wins titles”. Benitez and Carragher spend six years together at Liverpool FC, winning a Champions League an reaching another final while coming second in the league in 2008-09 and also winning an FA Cup. With the newly-appointed Real Madrid boss Ben tez under huge pressure to bring trophies to the Bernabeu, Jamie Carragher has backed his former boss to flourish. “At every club he has been at he has won title,” Carragher told AS . “At Napoli he won the Super Cup and Italian Cup, at Liverpool the Champions League. I think he won a couple of trophies at Inter.” “He always wins titles but at Madrid the pressure is huge and he arrives just after Bar a has won the treble.” “Now Madrid need to respond with trophies and Ben tez is a coach who always wins something.” Carragher […]

Despite the offer to return to the club where he made a name for himself, Carlo Ancelotti has chosen to take a break from football, following his contract termination at Real Madrid. The Former Chelsea FC manager was even linked with Liverpool FC lately. Meanwhile, Real Madrid have confirmed Rafa Benitez as their new manager. Though Ancelotti’s departure has infuriated a large part of Madrid’s fan base, his abrupt end is only symptomatic of where Madrid stand as a club. Despite winning the League up and their tenth Champions League title, Ancelotti’s removal should come as no surprise. Predecessors like Fabio Capello, Vincente Del Bosque and Jose Mourinho, have all brought either domestic or european success, but neither has brought both with consistency. Despite his glittering CV of European titles and domestic cups, Ancelotti has only won a paltry 3 league titles with the five big names he has managed. His proficiency at analysing the continental competition, doesn’t always translate […]

According to media reports, Rafa Benitez has targeted Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling as his first big signing at Real Madrid in the coming season. Benitez, who is tipped to be the successor of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid in the coming weeks, is planning to reunite with his ex-pupil at the La Liga club. During his stint as the Liverpool manager, Benitez had bought Sterling at the club from QPR at the age of 15 in 2010. Rafa Benitez apparently is still a great admirer of the talented youngster and wants to rope him in Madrid. Raheem Sterling is almost certain to leave Anfield. Several other top European sides like, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, etc are keen on signing the English winger. Raheem Sterling has great respect for the Spanish manager and that could steer the transfer deal in favour of Real Madrid. . Sterling is one of the most important Liverpool players and it will be difficult […]