MARCA blast Cristiano but Zidane takes the blame

Second defeat for Real Madrid after winning run

Ronaldo has been subjected to criticism following his lackluster performances in Real Madrid’s defeats to Sevilla and Celta Vigo.

The new year hasn’t been fair to 2016’s world best player, and it is quite unfortunate the iconic number 7 is doing a little to upturn his fortune. Even in a game in which he scored his side’s only goal as they suffered defeat for the first time in 41 games, Cristiano Ronaldo’s impact versus Sevilla was nothing to write home about.

This was subsequently coupled with another poor display against Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey. Yet again, a misfiring CR7 could not justify his inclusion in Zinedine Zidane’s star-studded setup. The European giants lost 2:1 at home to the Celticos, marking their first back-to-back defeat since January 2016.

Celta victorious over Real Madrid in Copa del Rey
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In Jose Felix Diaz’s latest editorial, the MARCA journalist was extremely critical of Madrid’s highest paid player. A few excerpts from his piece read as follows:

Their [Real Madrid’s] lackluster displays this season have coincided with a dip in form from Ronaldo since the turn of the new year. 

At the height of his powers, the Ballon d’Or winner was the focal point of Real Madrid’s success, bringing in the club’s 11th Champions League crown and a subsequent Club World Cup title too. 

Now, though, apart from his successful penalty attempt to open the scoring against Sevilla on Sunday, his movement has been sluggish and out of sync, and he’s made little contribution to the collective good in general.”

Verily, Mr. Diaz has hit all the right notes to compliment his abstract observations regarding the subject in question. However, Ronaldo’s coach believes it will be unfair to shift all the blame on the club’s poster-boy.

The Frenchman was quick to take the bullet, attributing his side’s recent losses to his failure to identify the problem with his team.

“I’m the one responsible and I must find the solution,” Zidane stated in his press conference after the Celta game.

Zidane speaks tto the press after 2:! defeat to Celta Vigo
Zidane in his post-Celta match press conference.

“I wasn’t surprised by the way Celta played, as we knew that they’re a team that can really hurt you.

“I’m not worried, although it’s a bad moment. We know that we can overcome it and we are going to overcome it.”

The Merengues’ manager is indeed part to blame, considering his experimentation with the 3-5-2 system hasn’t really yielded any notable results. His team has been defeated in both of the games in which this questionable system was employed.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who has thrived as a wide-man in Real Madrid’s attack for years, is given a less-familiar role of playing upfront as a striker. If the recent games have taught us anything, it is that Zidane’s gamble hasn’t paid off.

One may suspect crisis brewing, but many Madridistas still believe their main man will find his feet soon. Having been treated to a 40-game unbeaten streak, die-hard supporters are rallying behind Cristiano Ronaldo as his goals helped ‘The Whites’ to surpass Barcelona’s 39-game streak. However, It is up to the four-time Ballon d’Or winner to repay their faith in him.

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Emmanuel is a very vibrant writer from Ghana. Young but not small. Humble but full of hunger to learn and confidence to achieve greater heights in the world of online journalism. Emmanuel is passionate about the Beautiful Game with special love for English giants Manchester United and their former number 7 icon, Cristiano Ronaldo. In his leisure time, he loves writing and reading practically anything; old notes, e-books, articles... you name it! The Accra native and devoted Christian also loves drawing, swimming, watching and playing football both on the field and via FIFA video games. At times, Emmanuel loves to find himself alone at the beach and in nature.


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