Reports in the Spanish media suggest Rafa Benitez and Florentino Perez are under huge pressure following Real Madrid's 4-0 Clasico defeat to Barcelona, with Bernabeu fans calling for both the coach and president to leave the club.
Luis Suarez scored a brace with Neymar and Andres Iniesta netting a goal apiece as Barca eased to a superb victory at Madrid's Bernabeu stadium on Saturday, with a headline from Spanish daily AS reading: "Madrid left in ruins."
AS' Luis Nieto wrote: "Madrid are on the bonfire. With their new sporting project handed over to a supposedly renaissance-style coach who was supposed to bring the side into modernity, they were battered by Barcelona."
- AS English (@English_AS) November 22, 2015
Nieto added that Madrid have "lost their predatory instinct -- it's no longer in their DNA," and that in terms of Barca's six-point advantage at the top of La Liga, "to Madrid it looks like they are on Mars."
Meanwhile, AS' Alfredo Relano believes that Benitez was weak with his team selection: "He put out the team his president would have played -- no changes."
Relano suggests that Madrid's players "don't look at Benitez the same way they looked at Ancelotti," and that the coach brought in to utilise Perez's preferred tactics and personnel is now "having a terrible time for not doing his own thing" -- a situation AS' Juan Jiminez attributed to selecting a "politically driven starting XI" and dropping favoured defensive midfielder Casemiro.
Relano added that that the Bernabeu crowd are beginning to direct their anger towards the presidential box following mid-game protests on Saturday, with calls for Perez to resign growing stronger as the defeat became heavier.
The fallout was no better for Benitez with Marca saying Madrid fans want "heads to roll" with the Spaniard a "sitting duck," and that the "debacle" on Saturday leaves his sacking as simply a matter of when, and not if the coach is fired.
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Marca's Santiago Segurola also criticised Benitez's XI as "the most politically correct lineup one could ask for," but that the Bernabeu crowd "viewed it as a concession" to Perez, who drew their ire as the game wore on.
Spanish paper Sport labelled Madrid's "BBC trident" of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo a "shipwreck," and that the Bernebau crowd booing the Portuguese forward suggests that Ronaldo's days at Real -- along with Benitez, who was "humiliated in all senses" -- are "numbered."
Sport's Lluis Mascaro said Barca "humiliated" Madrid and also took time to praise Gerard Pique, who was denied the chance to score Barca's fifth while Munir El Haddadi missed a simple chance.
The centre-back -- who said before the game that the Clasico "excites" him -- was "turned on by the game," according to Mascaro.
There was plenty more praise for Barca's stunning display, with Marca's Sergi Font hailing Luis Suarez's "unforgettable" performance which "had the Real Madrid defenders quaking in their boots."
AS' Alfredo Matilla also pointed to Barca's team selection as a victory for their philosophy, with Luis Enrique naming five canterano (youth-team products) in his XI compared to none for Madrid.
Central to this policy was Andres Iniesta -- a La Masia graduate -- who departed the Bernabeu to a standing ovation from many Madrid fans almost 10 years to the day Ronaldinho achieved the same reception.
The 31-year-old Barca midfielder scored one, set up another and achieved a 96 percent passing accuracy, with his strike described as a "work of art" by AS' Nieto.