Damiano Tommasi has leapt to the defence of his former coach Fabio Capello after Real Madrid came under fire for their poor performance in the first game of the season.
Capello drew criticism from Alessio Tacchinardi after Villarreal held Madrid to a goalless draw in the opening game and the media also voiced their discontent at the uninspiring performance.
Tommasi believes that the Italian trainer will produce results, but that the club's fans will have to be patient while the players learn the new system.
"Like all of Fabio Capello's teams, this one is designed to win and, although it will take a little time, I believe that they will soon start seeing the fruits of his work," Tommasi explained.
"I think that Tacchinardi was talking about the result that his team achieved in the Bernabeu.
"Capello has shown what he can do during his career, but it is not always possible to convince everyone."
Madrid visit Levante this weekend and Tommasi is relishing the prospect of making his home debut for the club that he joined this summer after ten years at Roma.
"This game is special," he continued.
"First of all because it will be the first match that we play at home this season and also because it is against one of the teams that will be playing for the league title."
Levante were given a stark reminder of how tough life in the top tier can be as they were beaten 4-0 on the opening day by Sevilla.
Tommasi is confident, however, that his side can learn from that experience and not repeat the same errors against Real Madrid.
"We allowed Sevilla to have too much space and we cannot repeat this mistake.
"So the most important thing will be to keep possession and to stop them scoring. It is difficult to stop a team like Real Madrid, but I think we are capable."