Former Real Madrid player Ivan Campo has pleaded with his former club to retain Coach Julen Lopetegui until the end of the season.
Sunday’s 5-1 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona has piled the pressure on Lopetegui, who has now lost four of his last six matches in charge of Los Blancos.
“Cristiano Ronaldo was a very important player who left Real Madrid, a player who scored more than 40 goals per season,” Campo told reporters.
“But the club is above everyone else, so even if this player has gone, there are still other players and the Coach who stands alongside them.
“They should be given the time to return to that level and it is not the fault of the Coach because it is the players who play the game, not the Coach.
“He should not be sacked, he should remain in place until the end of the season.