Ex-Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos has said he didn’t agree with the decision to sack Carlo Ancelotti but thinks Rafa Benitez is a good replacement.
The Italian was relieved from his duties after failing to land La Liga or the Champions League and former Valencia, Liverpool and Napoli boss Benitez is now tasked with wrestling back those two major honours from Barcelona next season.
Ancelotti was a popular figure among players and fans with many sad to see him go. And Roberto Carlos, a legendary figure still at the Santiago Bernabeu, said he was not happy with the news. He added that with Benitez’ pedigree though, the club is in good hands.
Speaking to Marca, the Brazilian stated: “I didn’t agree with Carlo Ancelotti’s departure, just like I didn’t agree when Vicente del Bosque and Jupp Heynckes were sacked back in the day.”
He added: “You have to let coaches do their work, but it’s Florentino’s decision; he’s in charge. Benitez is in a fine period of his career and can do very well at Real Madrid. He’s a good choice; he’s a good coach and he knows the club inside out. I wish him the best: it’s not an easy job.
“The culture is based on winning all the time and if you go a while without winning a trophy, there’s a big crisis. That’s not just the case at Real Madrid, though: it’s the same at Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester United and City.”