Alvaro Arbeloa is fuming over Los Blancos’ inability to win La Liga games.
The Spaniard feels Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence in Zinedine Zidane’s setup is costing the team. Real Madrid has endured a bad start in the 2017/18 season; two draws at home against Valencia and Levante casts a gloomy image on the Whites’ chances of defending their league crown.
“The odds are increased when you have Cristiano in the team. You can count on players like Bale, Asensio, Isco and others but with Cristiano, you have a goal machine,” the 34-year-old told reporters at a promotional event for Codere Apuestas.
Well, it might not be surprising as it’s not Arbeloa alone that shares such opinion on Ronaldo’s unavailabilty. After the 1-1 stalemate on Saturday, midfielder Marcos Llorente called for the superstar’s return.
“These things happen and we must keep working. Ronaldo is very important and has an ability to score incredible goals. It is clear that in this team, he is very important.”
Left back Theo Hernandez also lamented on the talisman’s presence saying:
“Maybe we lacked a little spark and of course we do need Cristiano. We couldn’t let our chances count and he would have helped. But we will continue as it is.”
The former Liverpool man also touched on the comments of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez concerning Ronaldo’s five-match sanction saying:
“I believe the president spoke very well on the matter. Referees need to improve because it hurts that Real Madrid has the same amount of players sent off as Barcelona have in two years.”
With Los Merengues set to begin their Champions League title defense against APOEL Nicosia on September 13 at the Santiago Bernabeu, the iconic number 7 is expected to play once again. Arbeloa’s wish is to see Ronaldo return and deliver on his perfect job and that’s to score goals. As CR7 fans, we hope the boss does the job on Wednesday. Good luck Cristiano!