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


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:

// forward to Ronaldo back in Manchester red, and Benitez managing a new club, all in January.