Under-fire Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino has found an unlikely ally in Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Martino has been heavily criticised in the wake of his side's 3-1 defeat against Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday, but Ancelotti believes the Argentine is doing a fine job at Camp Nou.
In an interview with Canal Plus to be broadcast on Wednesday in Spain, the Italian said: "He is doing very well. I like the way he speaks. He is always relaxed."
And the 54-year-old added: "He never gets involved with controversy, he just does the best for his team."
Many in Catalunya may disagree with that last statement, however, after their 3-1 loss in San Sebastian on Saturday night.
That defeat saw Madrid move top of the table for the first time since winning the Primera Division in 2011-12 under Jose Mourinho and Ancelotti's side are now unbeaten in 26 games since losing the Clasico at Camp Nou in late October.