Benitez cries conspiracy

Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez believes there is a campaign against the club, himself and president Florentino Perez after the severe criticism they've received.

The former Liverpool boss has been under intense pressure in recent weeks due to Real performing below expectations in La Liga and their recent expulsion from the Copa del Rey.

Speaking ahead of Los Blancos' league encounter against Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, Benitez insisted he and the club are being unfairly targeted.

"There is a campaign against Madrid, against Florentino and against me," he said at his pre-match media conference.

"Everything that happens here is manipulated. I knew I was coming to a club where everything is magnified. I have been 30 years in the dugout and had more than 1,400 games. I know how it is and how you solve it.

"You concentrate on the job. I know I cannot let myself get distracted. The team is much better than what people think – that has been reflected in some of the matches."