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Zidane Insists Real Madrid Have to Ride out Slump

Posted on November 06, 2017 by admin

The spotlight at Real Madrid is always going to be a lot more intense when things begin to go wrong. For managers and players alike, there is no place to hide when the going becomes uncomfortable.

That is the price to pay for representing one of the world’s most decorated and prestigious clubs. It can sometimes only take only one loss to have the press and pundits beginning to turn the knife. After Real Madrid went down to Spurs 3-1 at Wembley in matchday four of the Champions League, it became apparent all was not well at the Santiago Bernabéu.

The indifferent start to their domestic campaign has also intensified the pressure on Zidane and his troops. Real currently sit third in La Liga behind Valencia and arch-rivals Barcelona who occupies first spot. Their current form in La Liga has raised a few eyebrows and whilst it may have been the happiest day of Zidane’s professional life after Los Blancos won the league title in May this year, the former French captain now says the dressing room isn’t a happy place.

Fans of Real Madrid will be hoping Zidane was talking in the present tense after the Spurs loss and not giving an overview of the ongoing mood within the changing room. The frustration and disappointment that is attached to losing is enough to cause fallout in any dressing room but when it comes to managing the galacticos of Real Madrid, a manager’s man management will be put through the acid test.  Keeping a squad of millionaires focused is not an enviable job.

Zidane insists that Madrid will just have to fight through until their results improve. Speaking at Wembley after Spurs ran riot Zidane said “we have to ride this out”. Referring to the form they are experiencing. He is absolutely correct and the sooner the better with an eight-point gap already between them and Barcelona.

The damage may have already been done as far as the defence of their league title goes with many believing with Barcelona’s current form and Madrid’s lack of it that the Catalans are already set on to win the league. In the La Liga betting, Real are 7/2 to win the title and have it all to do to begin reining in their bitter rivals. 

If they are to turn the tide around and ride it out as Zidane alluded to then they will need their star man to find some form again. Ronaldo has been woefully out of sorts and it doesn’t take too much imagination to pinpoint the reason for Madrid’s slump. The Portuguese superstar hasn’t been firing which seems to have directly impacted on the team’s fortunes.  Ronaldo only has a solitary goal to his name in La Liga this season and frighteningly, the lowest shot conversion rate in all of the top five leagues in Europe.

If a week is a long time in football then 5 months is an eternity. Real look a very different team to the one that were crowned La Liga champions in May. There is cause for both concern and optimism when considering that. 

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