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Madrid in mayhem heads north to face tiny but tough Eibar

Rafa Benitez probably never imagined that Sunday's match at Eibar would be a critical test for his coaching credentials at Real Madrid.

But many of the powerhouse's fans are questioning the manager just three months into his tenure after Barcelona routed Madrid 4-0 at the Santiagao Bernabeu last weekend, leaving the humbled hosts in third place and six points adrift of the Catalan club at the top of the table.

Madrid's most disgruntled supporters waved white handkerchiefs to demand the removal of Benitez and shouted for club president Florentino Perez to step down.

Perez publicly declared that the club backed Benitez, but that was before Madrid almost blew a four-goal...