Former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that he “really can’t understand” Florentino Perez’s decision to sack Rafa Benitez.
Benitez succeeded Ancelotti in June but lasted merely seven months at the helm, despite Madrid still in contention for La Liga and the Champions League, with club legend Zinedine Zidane promoted to the first team, and Italian questioned the President’s trigger finger.
“I have a special feeling for Real Madrid,” he told Chinese broadcaster Sina Sports.
“I made many friends there and I also get angry when there are problems.
“After many games into the season, Real Madrid are still in contention for the [League] title and Champions League, but the President Florentino Perez decided to dismiss Benitez.
“I know that a Coach’s job is always linked to results.
“I also know that our work is surrounded by controversy, but this time I really can’t understand the decision. Madrid had only played half a season.
“Zidane is Real Madrid’s fifth Coach since 2009, but is the Coach always to blame? People can draw their own conclusions.
“I count Zidane as a friend of mine. We shared great moments in the dugout and won La Decima together, so he’s part of the team.
“Only time will tell [if Zidane is the right man], but Zidane certainly has enough ability to manage Real Madrid. I sincerely wish him well.”