Give coach Rafael Benitez time, pleads record-breaker Ronaldo


By Kieran Canning ,AFP

MADRID — World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo claimed Real Madrid fans should get off coach Rafael Benitez’s back after a record equaling 8-0 mauling of Malmo in the Champions League.

Benitez was also in charge of Liverpool when they beat Besiktas 8-0 to set the benchmark for the biggest margin of victory in a Champions League game. And Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer came out in defense of his coach. “I don’t see the problem,” said Ronaldo. “The fans express themselves as they want but the boss is doing a good job, he is adapting to Real Madrid and I think we have to give him time because in my opinion he is doing things well.” Ronaldo also put Madrid fans at ease by distancing himself from rumors linking him with a sensational transfer to Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season.