Life with Cristiano Ronaldo keep getting hard as Real Madrid recorded another uninspiring defeat to Real Sociedad at Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday and they are now in the danger of not qualifying for next season’s Champions League competition.
They presently occupy the fifth position, 10 points points behind arch-rival Barcelona who are at the summit of the table.
The Spanish giants are looking more like a team who are in the Spanish top-flight for the first time in their history.
The Santiago Bernabeu outfits play without coordination and confidence. They aren’t sharp at the final third of the pitch, while, their defensive setup has been nothing but flexible and leaky since the start of the campaign.
Their fans are becoming increasingly impatient with the players and they’ve charged Florentino Perez to find long-lasting solution before the end of the ongoing transfer market.
How can Florentino Perez – the Galaticos president – find solution to problem he didn’t even know it cause?
Is Solari the reason for Madrid’s slump?
At first, many fans and pundits thought Jullen Lopetegui’s inexperience and tactical ineptitude was responsible for the team’s poor run of results but it appears that wasn’t the case.
After many defeats and uninspiring performances from the Santiago Bernabeu players, the former Spanish national team coach was shown the exit door.
Youth team manager Santiago Solari, was permanently hired by Perez after helping the club to three back-to-back victory as interim manager.
The club’s current situation has made it clear for all to see that Madrid’s problem is far beyond Lopetegui’s lack of experience or Solari’s inability to control some ‘big players’ under his watch.
The greatest reason for Madrid’s current unimpressive form is their inability to find a tested and trusted goalscorer after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.
Juventus signed the Portuguese star from Real Madrid before the start of the campaign but the Spanish capital outfits are yet to find a perfect player to replace him.
Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have both failed in their mission to fill the mighty void created by the world-class striker.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored 450 goals in 438 matches during his stay at Santiago Bernabeu and he was (even till date) the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.
Solari’s team lack a proven goal-poacher and things won’t get better unless the under-fire manager finds a player who can score many goals.
Once that is done, and Solari works on his managerial skills, the Los Blancos will definitely return back to whom they are known to be — a team that won three consecutive Champions League glory under Zinedine Zidane.
This is however, remains to be seen whether are equal to the task without Cristiano Ronaldo who would be keen on guarding Juventus to the UCL glory no matter who comes in his way!