Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 19.33.37Last night, Gary Neville’s Valencia took on Real Madrid in La Liga. Real Madrid took the lead through Karim Benzema, before Valencia equalised just before half-time thanks to a penalty from Daniel Parejo. Real Madrid went down to 10 men, but Gareth Bale put them 2-1 up with eight minutes left to play. A minute later, substitute Rodrigo, who had been brought on minutes earlier, assisted Paco Alcácer’s equaliser.

Less than 24 hours later, president Florentino Perez confirmed that Benitez had been sacked and replaced by Zinedine Zidane.

Hello and welcome. I invite you all here today to announce that we have terminated the contract of Rafa Benitez. I would like to make it clear that he is a great professional.

In games against the top four this season, Benitez has picked up just one point, after drawing with Atletico Madrid.