Marcelo hails Rafael Benitez as a great manager

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Real Madrid full-back Marcelo believes Rafael Benitez is the man to improve Los Blancos this season. 

The Brazilian was speaking after Sunday's goalless draw with Sporting Gijon, where Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale failed to provide the spark needed to begin their La Liga campaign with a victory. 

It has been a difficult summer for Benitez with the Spaniard having to resolve sagas involving Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos, but Marcelo has backed his new manager. 


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"We weren't at our best in that game but we're going to take away the positives and get better," he said at a sponsor event, quoted in the Daily Mail"It was just the first game, we have a lot of time ahead of us.

"There's a good feeling in the squad. Benitez is an amazing coach, very competitive. He talks to us a lot and shows us where we have to improve, he's on top of it all to make us better."

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Marcelo scored a superb goal in the Bernabeu trophy match earlier this month, but is focused on improving as the club target a first league title since 2012. 

"I'm always trying to get better. I'm at the best club in the world and that helps a lot to keep giving my best for the fans," he continued. 

"I've been congratulated a number of times on my goal (in the Bernabeu Trophy match), but that's in the past now. My mind is focused on continuing to improve in each game."

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