Former Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello has pinpointed superstar Cristiano Ronaldo as the problem behind the club’s recent form, highlighting the player’s current lack of match fitness as highly detrimental.
Real Madrid have now drawn four consecutive La Liga games for the first time since 2006 while failing to make up for lost ground as Barcelona are also dropping points.
Speaking to Spanish radio station Onda Cero, Capello said: “The problem for Real Madrid now is Cristiano Ronaldo, because he is not well physically and is their best player.”
The current La Liga standings see Real Madrid in second place but equal on points with league leaders Atletico Madrid, while Barcelona sit two points adrift in fourth.
Capello, who won two La Liga titles during as many spells as Real Madrid manager, and his concerns stem after an injury Ronaldo picked up in the Euro 2016 final against France which saw Ronaldo victorious.
As a result of the injury and extended holidays due to the European Championships, Ronaldo missed pre-season which lead to a struggle to meet his own high standards.
However, the three-time Ballon d’Or winner scored in each of his first two games back but has netted just once for Los Blancos in the four games since. And the La Liga giants have failed to win any of those encounters.
Ronaldo is currently back with the Portugal squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and the Faroe Islands. The two easy ties along with more training to regain fitness should help see Ronaldo back to his good old self.