Perez says Real Madrid fans need patience: “Solution is Rafa Benitez”

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Rafa Benitez has the backing of president Florentino Perez and the Real Madrid board.

That said, you can replace Benitez’s name with Carlo Ancelotti, and you’d have a statement from last Spring which was defied two months later.

Real called a press conference Monday, two days after getting worked 4-0 by Barcelona in the season’s first El Clasico.

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The president says Benitez needs to be given patience to fix a situation that began deteriorating in January.

Perez was on the defensive during the press conference, which isn’t a surprise considering he fired Ancelotti. That was an unpopular move, and Real is six points behind Barca on the La Liga table.

Here’s a pair of key Tweets from ESPN writer Dermot Corrigan:

Perez also claims the rumors that Cristiano Ronaldo does not like Benitez and wants out of Madrid are garbage:

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsLooking forward to Ronaldo back in Manchester red, and Benitez managing a new club, all in January.