Marco Materazzi, who worked with recently sacked Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez after the 55-year-old was relieved of his duties at the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday and replaced by Zinedine Zidane.

However, Materazzi feels Benitez will ‘never learn’ from his mistakes especially his weakness at creating a good rapport with his key players after lasting just seven months on the Madrid job.

The Champions League winner has been quick to condemn the 55-year-old’s methods once again, stating that his poor man-management is what has lost him his place at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“I had already predicted Benitez’s exit. I was only wrong by a few days,” Materazzi told Gazzetta World.

“You can be the best in the world, but you don’t go far if you don’t have a connection with the players. You cannot succeed if you cannot bond with those who have stronger personalities.

“They are the ones who have to help you out on the pitch. Madrid are a difficult club and it is not enough to have the president’s backing.

“Benitez will never change. He always encounters the same problems. Instead of creating a good relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, he tried to become close with Gareth Bale. 

“It’s the same story all over again. On his first day at Inter, he talked to Javier Zanetti, Esteban Cambiasso and Ivan Cordoba, but completely ignored Cristian Chivu.”


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