Cristiano Ronaldo has lent his support to under-fire boss Rafa Benitez, insisting the Real Madrid coach is doing a good job at the club.
Benitez has come under pressure from disgruntled supporters for their defensive tactics, El Clasico humbling by Barcelona and elimination from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player.
Real Madrid’s 8-0 victory over Malmo helped to quieten the club’s detractors and Ronaldo, who took his tally to 89 goals in the Champions League after four goals in the rout against the Swedes, is backing his boss.
“I didn’t realise [about the jeers]. I don’t know why there is a problem, it is up to the fans to respond how they want,” Ronaldo told reporters after the game.
“But the coach is doing a good job and is still adapting to Real Madrid. You have to give him time and in my opinion he is doing well.”
On another record-breaking night for the Portuguese star where he netted his 34th hat-trick for los Blancos and became the first player to score 11 goals in the group stage, he said: “I’m very happy.
“To beat this record was a very important moment for me but the main point is the team. I thought the team played unbelievable.”
The 30-year-old dismissed suggestions of a fall out with coach Benitez.
“It is all speculation, it happens each year and people are used to hearing this kind of thing but the club has helped me a lot,” Ronaldo said.
“I have a good relationship with him (Benitez) and it is the same with all the players.
“I have a contract with Madrid and I will stay.”