Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez receives public backing from president Florentino Perez following 4-0 thrashing by Barcelona

Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez receives public backing from president Florentino Perez following 4-0 thrashing by Barcelona Florentino Perez called a press conference for Monday evening The Real Madrid president used the opportunity to back his manager Rafa Benitez was under pressure following Real's 4-0 home defeatPerez refuted claims suggesting Cristiano Ronaldo called for Benitez to goReal Madrid president suggested that Carlo Ancelotti was partly to blame 

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Rafa Benitez has been given the full backing of Real Madrid president although Florentino Perez did describe the 4-0 defeat to Barcelona as a ‘horrible’ performance and said no-one could say what would happen in the longer term.

Perez gave the 55-year-old coach the expected vote of confidence and he also appeared to blame Saturday’s defeat on previous coach Carlo Ancelotti saying: ‘The team has undergone gradual deterioration since January 1."

Of the 4-0 loss Perez said: ‘It was a very bad performance, we all saw that but these things can happen. It was a horrible game but it was just one game.’ 

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez called a press conference on Monday evening to back his manager

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez called a press conference on Monday evening to back his manager

Perez arrives at the press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu before publicly backing Benitez 

Perez arrives at the press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu before publicly backing Benitez 

Benitez (right, pictured with Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale) will remain in the Santiago Bernabeu hot seat

Benitez (right, pictured with Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale) will remain in the Santiago Bernabeu hot seat

When he was pressed on the relationship Benitez has with the Real Madrid players he added: ‘He has a good relationship with the players, the directors, and especially with me.’

Perez also denied Benitez was being told what team to pick. 

The former Liverpool manager surprised everyone on Saturday when he picked an attacking line-up against the league leaders. 

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The club’s president said: ‘He has full autonomy to do what he thinks right and what is best for the club. No coach here has ever said that he has team selections suggested to him.’

It was the reference to a decline that began in January that was most shocking and Perez was accused of having given Ancelotti the same vote of confidence last season before sacking him in the summer.

He said: ‘There was a front page [last season] saying that if Ancelotti loses he would be sacked and I came out to deny it. This is different,’ but ominously for Benitez he also added: ‘What happens between now and six months no one can say.’

Perez hinted that former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was to blame for the club's 'deterioration' 

Perez hinted that former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was to blame for the club's 'deterioration' 

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez scored a brace in his side's impressive 4-0 victory against Real Madrid

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Perez also shot down suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo had come to him with the ultimatum: ‘It’s Benitez or me’. 

He said: ‘Ronaldo has never said: “with this coach we will never win”. He is a good guy.'

Real Madrid supporters chanted for the president to resign on Saturday but Perez blamed it on hooligans he had expelled from the stadium managing to get back in to lead the calls for him to go. 

He added: ‘It’s always the same people that start the "Florentino resign". Other people join in but it’s always the same people that start it who want to hurt me and the club.’ 

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale look dejected after seeing Barcelona score their fourth goal of the night

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale look dejected after seeing Barcelona score their fourth goal of the night

Perez has rubbished claims suggesting Ronaldo has told him to pick between himself and Benitez

Perez has rubbished claims suggesting Ronaldo has told him to pick between himself and Benitez

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