Prime For The Sack? Rafael Benitez’s Madrid Future Hangs in The Balance After Clasico Loss

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Saturday’s crushing 4-0 home defeat by Barcelona in the El Clasico means Real Madrid’s manager, Rafael Benitez’s job at the Bernabeu is under immense threat.

Chants for Benitez to be dismissed echoed around the Bernabeu following the game, accompanied by similar complaints against long-standing club president Florentino Perez, reports BBC.

Former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Benitez is expected to remain in his post for the time being, but forthcoming trips to Shakhtar Donetsk (in the Champions League on Wednesday) and Eibar (in La Liga on Sunday) could prove decisive.

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Real president Perez has called a news conference for 18:30 GMT following a board meeting.

However, former president Ramon Calderon does not think Benitez will be sacked.

“I’m sure he will back him because we are now in the 12th week of the season, we are already leaders in the Champions League group, we are going to be in the knockouts so it’s too early,” he told BBC World Service.

“For me, Benitez is not the one to blame. The problem is he came to substitute Carlo Ancelotti and nobody understood that. The players were backing Ancelotti at the end of last season and now he is doing what he can. He is doing his best.”

SEE ALSO: I Am Not A Defence Minded Coach, My Napoli Team Scored 104 Goals – Benitez


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