Real Madrid sack Rafa Benitez

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Real Madrid head coach Rafa Benitez deflected questions over his future after a 2-2 draw with his former club Valencia.

Benitez’s side twice led at the Mestalla but were pegged back both times and also had Mateo Kovacic sent off in an eventful La Liga clash on Sunday.

Asked about his position, which has come under increasing scrutiny, Benitez tried to turn focus to the positive aspects of his side’s performance.

He told reporters: “You are free to ask that question, but it is looking at it the wrong way. For the effort we deserve more praise than anything else.

“I cannot prevent speculation about whether I continue, but I can make the team work as it has today. We were capable of getting the three points.”