Rafa Benitez will remain in charge of Real Madrid after being backed by the club’s president Florentino Perez.
Pressure surrounding the 55-year-old’s position at Madrid intensified on Saturday following the 4-0 trouncing at home to Barcelona, which saw the home fans boo the players and wave white handkerchiefs at the final whistle.
“We have had a board meeting and analysed the sporting situation at Real Madrid and Rafa has all our support and all our confidence,” Perez told reporters on Monday.
“Rafa Benitez has all the ability and has only just started his job here. Let him keep working and he will achieve his objectives.
“The players did not lack attitude. The team played badly but we cannot question their attitude in such an important game.
“Rafael Benitez is the chosen one to bring success to this squad that since January has struggled and now more than ever he needs the support of all of our followers.
“We offer full support for our coach who will be capable of turning this situation around. The team has suffered a deterioration since January.
“I understand the unhappiness and the anger of the fanbase with what happened on Saturday, but I ask them that they support the team.
Perez did suggest that the situation could change by the end of the season, but added that Benitez’s situation is different to that of Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked at the end of May.
“I am talking about this moment we are in now, I cannot say what will happen in the future – nobody knows what could happen in six months,” said Perez.
“We are convinced that we have a great squad that will give much happiness to a fanbase that deserves everything.
“We chose Rafa with confidence he could turn it around.
“I did not back Ancelotti, I said that it was not true that if he lost he was out. This is different, the board supports Benitez completely and has complete confidence in him.”