Former Real Madrid midfielder Clarence Seedorf says the club needs to give Rafa Benitez time to prove himself but suggested sacking Carlo Ancelotti was a mistake.
Benitez replaced Ancelotti in the summer and made a solid start to life at the Santiago Bernabeu remaining unbeaten in his first 14 games in charge in all competitions. But Los Blancos lost to Sevilla before the international break and followed that up with a humiliating 4-0 defeat at home to Barcelona at the weekend.
Those resuts, and the manner in which Real played, have seen calls for Benitez to be relieved of his duties already.
But Seedorf, who played more than 100 games for Madrid, said the boss needs time to get his team playing his way.
Speaking to Marca, he stated: “Perhaps Ancelotti should have stayed, but it’s useless to talk about it. He has reached two Champions League finals with a team of much less value. He has to have time and support. When Madrid loses the Clasico it’s like a funeral. These defeats hurt but we must come together to overcome things.”
He added: “Football is a team sport and everyone is responsible. We have to be self-critical and look for solutions at home and not outside. Madrid have a very competitive team. It’s only a year-and-a-half since they won the Champions League. I believe strongly in this group. There’s a lot of quality and experience. If they raise their heads with pride they will fight for the League and remain favourites in the Champions League.”