Published eight:35 a.m. ET Nov. 2, 2017
MADRID (AP) — It’s solely been two losses, however in relation to Real Madrid, that is sufficient to place the crew on the point of turmoil.
Consecutive defeats to newcomer Girona within the Spanish league and to Tottenham within the Champions League have left the crew reeling. Madrid struggled in each matches regardless of enjoying with its prime gamers, prompting a wave of criticism.
Although Cristiano Ronaldo dismissed speak of a disaster and coach Zinedine Zidane stated he’s not frightened, they each admitted that there is some work to do to get Madrid again on observe.
“We are not going to play well every time,” Ronaldo stated after Tuesday’s Three-1 loss in England. “We have to change things and admit that we are not where we wanted to be right now.”
Zidane stated it’s going to take a while to revive the crew’s morale after the consecutive losses.
“It’s two defeats in a row and we can’t be happy about it,” Zidane stated. “It’s a difficult moment but you have to accept it. We have to keep our heads cool because this is soccer and we have a lot of games to play and there’s still a lot of time to turn things around, and that’s what we will do.”
Madrid stays in good place to advance from Group H within the Champions League, and it could actually do it with a victory at APOEL later this month.
But the crew is already eight factors behind chief Barcelona within the Spanish league, a deficit it has by no means been in a position to overcome. Madrid had gained 4 in a row within the league earlier than final weekend’s loss at Girona, nevertheless it bought off to a sluggish begin by which it didn’t win its first three dwelling video games.
Madrid is defending each the Spanish league and the Champions League titles this season.
“We have to say calm,” Ronaldo stated. “Things are not as bad as they look. The team is not playing that badly, so we must remain confident. We have to think positively because it’s the end of the season that counts, not the beginning.”
Zidane blamed the crew’s letdown on its quite a few missed alternatives in entrance of aim.
“There are moments in a season when you score goals from very few chances, and others when you struggle to do that,” the previous France midfielder stated. “We have been creating opportunities but we are not being able to capitalize on them.”
Zidane stated he has a gaggle of skilled gamers who will be capable of shortly steer the crew again in the precise route.
Ronaldo would have preferred to see much more expertise within the crew at a second like this. He stated a few of the gamers that the membership let go within the offseason may have been making a distinction proper now, together with Pepe, Alvaro Morata and James Rodriquez.
“The new players who came to the squad have a lot of potential and they are the future of Madrid,” stated Ronaldo, who scored the crew’s aim on Tuesday at Wembley. “But if you ask me, every great player is always needed by a club, and Pepe was a great player, and Morata, James … All players who have left used to make us a stronger team, obviously.”
Madrid defender Sergio Ramos stated it is pure for followers to be upset with the crew’s latest struggles, however warned that no one ought to depend them out simply but.
“When Madrid loses a couple of games there’s always talk about a crisis,” Ramos stated. “But we have to remain calm and united. We are convinced that Madrid will overcome this very soon. Madrid always fights back, and if people think that we are done, time will show them wrong.”
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