The coach declined the opportunity to select a favourite between his two forwards and praised the quality and variety of the club’s attack
Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez says trying to choose between Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale is like making a child pick their favourite parent.
The relationship between the pair was the subject of considerable scrutiny last season, with some supporters criticising Bale for failing to pass to his superstar team-mate when through on goal.
Speaking at a press conference before his team’s International Champions Cup match against Roma on Saturday, Benitez was asked by Goal if the 26-year-old could soon become the more prominent member of the Madrid attack.
“You can ask my daughter if she prefers my wife or me. The father or the mother. It’s not easy,” he said.
“Ronaldo, Bale, all of them – they are so good. For me it’s not a problem. James (Rodriguez), Isco, (Karim) Benzema, Ronaldo or Bale, we have an option with all of them.
“Ronaldo is a key player for us, Gareth will be a key player for us. But the same will be Benzema, James, Isco, (Toni) Kroos, (Luka) Modric. We have a fantastic team. We have to keep improving the squad, keep working hard with the players that we have.”
Benitez, a former Real Madrid ‘B’ player and coach, has won La Liga with Valencia and lifted the Champions League at Liverpool, but now faces undeniably the biggest challenge of his career.
The 55-year-old knows he will face intense scrutiny at the Bernabeu, but believes his inside knowledge of the club will enable him to succeed where others have failed.
“If you analyse what I have to do every day, it’s more or less the same,” he said.
“It’s a football team and you have to train, to coach, prepare the training sessions and (for) the game. So it’s more or less the same.
“Obviously you have more media, more people around watching you. For me it doesn’t change too much. I have to concentrate on my job and try to do my best in the things that I know. Coaching the team and trying to have a winning mentality.
“(I do) have an advantage. I know the city, I know the fans, I know the club. So that is an advantage.”