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Alvaro Arbeloa: 'Rafael Benitez will improve Real Madrid'

Alvaro Arbeloa is adamant that Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez will improve the players as they hunt a first Liga title since 2012.

Real Madrid right-back Alvaro Arbeloa has backed coach Rafael Benitez to prove successful during his time in charge of the Spanish giants.

The 55-year-old replaced axed Carlo Ancelotti in the summer as president Florentino Perez opted for changes after the Blancos endured a trophyless season last term.

Benitez previously signed Arbeloa for Liverpool in 2007, and the 32-year-old is convinced that Real will improve collectively and individually as a result of his methods.

"Once it became known that he was going to return, everyone started asking me about [Benitez]," he told the Madrid official website.

"Rafa is a very methodical coach, a very hard worker, highly demanding and I assure you that we are going to become better players."

Real, who drew 0-0 away to Sporting Gijon in their Liga opener before beating Real Betis 5-0 last time out, face Espanyol away on Saturday afternoon.

The Blancos, who won the Champions League under Ancelotti in 2014, have not won a Liga title since the 2011-12 campaign.

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