Bayern Munich defender Lucio has leapt to the defence of Jurgen Klinsmann and vowed to win the Bundesliga "for the coach".
Klinsmann remains under pressure after Bayern crashed out of the Champions League and slipped three points behind Bundesliga leaders Wolfsburg recently.
A 1-0 win at Arminia Bielefeld at the weekend meant they remain in touch with the league's summit and, with six games of the season remaining, Lucio has given his backing to Klinsmann to silence the fans who are calling for his head.
"If we win the league then it will also be for the coach," he said. "Of course it hurts me to hear the calls of 'Klinsmann out'. If I were a fan on the terraces, I would not join in.
"What would a new coach do? I believe the fans have got to support us in this phase of the season, regardless of our situation.
"We are now going into the most critical stage of the season and this is when we need the fans and their motivation the most."
But despite the lack of support from the terraces, Lucio insists the players are united behind Klinsmann and confident they can make up ground on Wolfsburg.
According to the Brazilian defender, Saturday's hard-fought win confirmed that.
"That was a win for our morale," he told Tz newspaper. ''Everybody could see it is intact and we are certainly not going to give up.
"We have just got to win at the moment, which is why it was important to fight hard and get the three points."