Former Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello is blaming Real Madrid’s poor start of the season to Cristiano Ronaldo’s fitness.
The former England coach who lifted La Liga titles with Los Blancos in 1996/97 and 2006/07 said that Ronaldo’s gradual recovery to match fitness has been key to Real’s bumpy start of the new campaign.
“The problem for Real Madrid now is Cristiano Ronaldo,” he told Onda Cero. “He is not physically well and may not yet have the right balance with his injured knee because he never usually fails.”
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Coach Zinedine Zidane has also come under fire from small pockets of supporters following the teams’ four straight draws but the Italian coach still believes in the Frenchman.
“[Zidane] has won the Champions League, you have to give him time even if it’s difficult at first.”
Real Madrid have been out of colour since the 2016/17 season started recording four consecutive draws in their last four matches against Villarreal, Las Palmas, Dortmund and Eibar.
Los Merengues are now second with 15 points, behind their city rivals Atletico Madrid who have same points but with superior goals difference.
After slipping from the top, Real will come back from the international break to play Real Betis away from home and face Legia Warszawa in the Champions League.