Real Madrid's headcoach Rafael Benitez hides his mouth during the Group stage of Champion's League Group A soccer match against PSG at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez needs to improve his relatively poor record against Barcelona if he is to avoid the first genuine crisis of his tenure when he takes charge of his first La Liga "Clasico" Saturday. Benitez, who cut his coaching teeth in Real's youth ranks after his budding playing career was ended by injury, promised entertaining, attacking football when he returned to take over from Carlo Ancelotti at the end of last season.Benitez – who has won four, lost seven and drawn one of 12 matches against Barca over the past two decades with Real Valladolid, Extremadura, Valencia and Liverpool – knows a bare trophy cabinet this season will not be tolerated but the early signs are not good.
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