Watch Real Madrid vs. Real Betis live stream free as week 2 of La Liga action continues this Saturday afternoon from the Santiago Bernabeu.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. are back on the pitch this Saturday at home, where thousands are expected to pack the Santiago Bernabeu as the second week of La Liga continues. Fans are eager to see how new Real manager, Rafael Benitez, continues to work with his very talented players.
There is already some tension in Los Blancos' ranks, as Colombian striker James Rodriguez -- a fixture under former manager, Carlo Ancelotti -- was mostly sidelined for the La Liga opener. However, Benitez has dismissed critics saying his decision to leave James on the bench was purely "tactical."
If you watch Real Madrid vs. Real Betis live stream free this Saturday, you can see how Benitez will approach this issues. The new head coach said he admires the Colombian striker and it's nothing personal.
"James is a great player. He's fundamental, the same as Isco and his other teammates. If James didn't play it was due to a technical decision and not a personal matter. James is a very good player. He will be key for us and I will decide tomorrow who will play."Fans who watch Real Madrid vs. Real Betis live stream free could see the return of striker Karim Benzema, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. Benitez suggested the striker could see some action, but remains cautious and will play things by ear as far as how many minutes of play the French star will see.
Real is going through a transition in the management department, but fans were shocked when they ended in a 0-0 draw against the much weaker Sporting Gijon on their opener last week. To say it was uncharacteristic on the part of Los Blancos would be the understatement of the season.
Benitez has a tough job ahead, of him as all eyes will be on his team -- which is full of international stars, including Ronaldo, James, Benzema, Bale, and Kroos -- and how they adjust to a new coaching style. Real's new manager told BBC Sport his men "lacked precision in the final passes and accuracy in the shots on goal" last week. Real Betis also had a 1- 1 draw in their opening match against Villareal.
Watch Real Madrid vs. Real Betis live stream free HERE. Kick-off is at 4:30 p.m. ET.
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