Helguera defends Samuel
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ivan Helguera has come to the defence of Real Madrid team-mate Walter Samuel.Ivan Helguera has come to the defence of Real Madrid team-mate Walter Samuel following the defender's underwhelming start to his Bernabeu career.
The Argentine international has been held responsible by Real supporters for blunders made in recent matches following his summer arrival from Italian giants Roma.
Helguera, however, has backed the South American to win over the fans in the Spanish capital.
"Samuel is a great player," enthused Helguera. "He will win over the fans and earn their support.
"He has not had much luck with a few of the mistakes, but that can happen to anyone.
"There are a lot of players that have started slowly and have then won over the supporters."
The Spain international, meanwhile, thinks talk of an era coming to an end at Real is premature and that the club can win a trophy this term.
Reports in Spain have suggested that Los Galacticos' 3-0 defeat in Barcelona last Saturday has brought about a shift in the power base in La Liga.
"We will see if it is the end of it when the season has finished," added Helguera.
"Anyone who is saying it at the moment is very wrong.
"At the end of the season, when we win something, let's see what they say then."
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