Bernd Schuster, former Real Madrid coach has accused Benitez of throwing Kroos under the bus.
Benitez made no use of kroos in the shock 1-0 loss to Villarreal, with Casemiro, Rodriguez and Modric preferred in midfield.
Benitez was prickly when asked why he left Kroos on the bench, replying: “He didn’t play because Casemiro did.”
And Schuster, who coached Madrid in 2007-08, hit out at the under-pressure Spaniard after the game.
“Benitez has thrown Kroos under the bus,” Schuster told Onda Cero.