Capello said Ronaldo is the problem for Real Madrid
Ronaldo has only played four of seven league games after a delayed start to his season due to a knee injury, with just a goal and an assist to his name thus far.
Madrid began the 2016-17 season with six straight wins in all competitions, but have since drawn four games in a row for the first time in over a decade, leading coach Zinedine Zidane to have to deny that the team is now in crisis.
Speaking on an show, veteran coach Capello said that when Madrid’s “best player” was not at his physical best then the team as a whole suffered.
“Real Madrid’s current problem is Cristiano Ronaldo,” the Italian said. “Because for me he is not perfect physically, he does not have the same balance with his knee. I have seen him missing shots that he never misses, never. And he is their goal scorer and the most important player in the team. Then they are missing important midfielders too.”
The striker has led his club with fantastic output in terms of goals and work rate over the past few seasons but has not made his usual impact so far this campaign.
The most obvious explanation seems to be that Ronaldo has not fully recovered from the knee injury suffered in the final of Euro 2016.
He was forced to leave the pitch after a Dimitri Payet challenge damaged his knee, though Ronaldo was offered the consolation of watching Portugal go on to claim victory.
Real on the other hand have failed to earn three points in four successive matches, having drawn all of them, most recently to Eibar.
Capello believes that once Ronaldo is back to full fitness, Zinedine Zidane’s side will see an upturn in their fortunes.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) October 3, 2016