• Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez is under pressure at the La Liga giants
  • He was given a vote of confidence by the club president Florentino Perez 
  • Steven Gerrard believes his relationship with Real players ‘looks broken’
  • Gerrard, 35, also suggested Benitez must adapt to managing big players

Matt Maltby For Mailonline

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has claimed Rafa Benitez’s relationship with his Real Madrid stars ‘looks a bit broken at the moment’.

The Spaniard was given a vote of confidence by club president Florentino Perez on Monday after Real were humiliated 4-0 by Barcelona on the weekend.

Perez was an embarrassed spectator at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening as Real were thrashed by their arch rivals – but Benitez remains in charge of the La Liga giants. 

Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez is under pressure in Spain following the humiliating 4-0 defeat by Barcelona

Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez is under pressure in Spain following the humiliating 4-0 defeat by Barcelona

Steven Gerrard believes Benitez's relationship with his Real Madrid stars 'looks a bit broken at the moment'

Steven Gerrard believes Benitez’s relationship with his Real Madrid stars ‘looks a bit broken at the moment’

But Gerrard, who won the 2005 Champions League final with Benitez during their together time at Anfield, believes his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo and Co ‘looks broken’.

‘He’s had a vote confidence, they are usually deadly at Real Madrid, we’ll just have to wait and see,’ said Gerrard when speaking as a pundit on BT Sport’s Champions League coverage.

‘Rafa’s a good manager, for me, I just have to wonder what his relationship’s like with the big players in the dressing room. It looks a bit broken at the moment, from the outside. Time will tell how long it lasts.

‘It’s difficult to put your finger on it, but Rafa’s all about team, he’s not really a fan of individual players, he’s all about his philosophy as a team.

‘But you’ve got to manage individuals different, especially at Real Madrid, it is all about Ronaldo and the big players. Rafa’s got to adapt to them, rather than vice versa.’ 

Whilst speaking on BT, Gerrard also confirmed he will train with former club Liverpool next week and is relishing the opportunity to work with Jurgen Klopp.

The ex-Liverpool captain also suggested Benitez must adapt to managing big players like Cristiano Ronaldo

The ex-Liverpool captain also suggested Benitez must adapt to managing big players like Cristiano Ronaldo

Benitez spent six years as manager of Liverpool and led the club to Champions League glory in 2005 

Benitez spent six years as manager of Liverpool and led the club to Champions League glory in 2005 

The Spaniard delivers instructions to his former skipper during a Champions League clash in 2008

The Spaniard delivers instructions to his former skipper during a Champions League clash in 2008

The former England captain left his boyhood club for LA Galaxy in the summer on an 18-month deal but will return to Melwood on a temporary basis. 

‘Yeah next week I’m going to go in for a couple of weeks and work with Mr Klopp,’ he said. ‘I’m looking really forward to that, see what he’s about and try and learn a few things off him.’

However, when asked if this would spark a temporary move back to the Reds, he simply smiled and said ‘no’. 

Club president Florentino Perez arrives at press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu before backing Benitez

Club president Florentino Perez arrives at press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu before backing Benitez

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale (right) appear shell-shocked as Real Madrid were thrashed by Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale (right) appear shell-shocked as Real Madrid were thrashed by Barcelona


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