Zinedine Zidane has endured a poor start to the campaign for Real Madrid, with the side eight points adrift from the league leaders Barcelona. It is the first time the Frenchman has come under the scanner during his time at the club, both as a player and as a coach.
In the Champions League too, Real Madrid lost against English opponents Tottenham Hotspur, who scored thrice with the Spanish side only able to reply once to the attack. Real are three points adrift from the English side, who lead Group H with ten points.
Partially the poor form is due to the form of their star-player Cristiano Ronaldo, who has only scored once in the entire league this season.
However, Ronaldo feels that the loss of the trio was the reason behind Real’s dropping of points in the first month of the League. Real’s central defender Sergio Ramos is not of the same opinion while saying that it was an opportunist opinion.
‘I do not agree with Cristiano,’ he told Cadena SER. ‘I think it’s an opportunist opinion.
‘When we won two Super Cups [UEFA Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana], nobody missed anyone. I would place more of the emphasis on injuries. The team is stronger when we’re all together.’ added the defender.
The departure of several key players:
The squad, however, has seen an overhaul with fellow central defender Pepe going away to Portugal, while striker Morata travelled to the north of Europe to England. The biggest player that the Spanish side has missed is Colombia’s James Rodriguez who has shown glimpses of good form at the Bavarian capital. Future prospect Mariano too moved away from the capital to join the French side Lyon for a fee of 8 million euros.
‘I don’t miss anyone. No one. The squad has changed, of course, but some contribute some things, and others have another role.’ concluded the defender.