No Ronaldo, No Goals – Sporting Gijon 0:0 Real Madrid

Van der Vaart reactsAre Real Madrid feeling the pressure born from the hundreds of millions dollars Florentino Perez spent on the squad? Are they rather slow to gel as a team and handle major absentees?

In other words, are Real Madrid suffering from the Cristiano Ronaldo Syndrome?

In any case, Saturday’s result away to Sporting Gijon in the Spanish Primera Liga could not give a positive response to all these questions.

Real Madrid entered last weekend’s league game with the home defeat against AC Milan in the Champions League still ringing in the back of their minds.

Virtually and analytically, it was clear that Real Madrid’s weakness came from defensive mistakes. Indeed, conceding seven goals in only three matches is definitely a poor record – especially for a side as illustrious as Real Madrid.

On Saturday, the Spanish Giants succeeded in keeping their lines free from any goal. Unfortunately for Real Madrid, things didn’t go so well for them at the other end of the field.

Esteban Granero had a very good shot saved by Sporting Gijon’s goalkeeper during the game. In the last minutes, Raul thought he had given Real Madrid the three points. However, his goal was disallowed by the referees who claimed that Kaka had handled the ball before making the assist.

It is true that Real Madrid were also missing the services of strikers Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain, but was these absentees the cause behind the team’s failure to score and win?

Well, Real Madrid could not do what Barcelona did earlier in the season – which was to beat Sporting Gijon.
In the end, Los Blancos failed to put pressure on the Blaugrana by leapfrogging them at the top of the table for at least 24 hours.

Finally on Sunday, it was the Catalans who had the final word after thrashing Real Zaragoza 6-1 at the Camp Nou to create a three-point lead at the top of the Spanish Primera Liga standings.

It is so early in the season, yet Real Madrid already seem to shake. It looks like Kaka, Xabi Alonso, or Alvaro Arbeloa have not found their correct rhythm. Besides that, there is also the case of injuries going on in the squad.

Real Madrid certainly need more time to become the strong side that so many fans around the world would love to watch playing.

The questions are: how long will it take for Los Blancos to transform their financial value into an indestructible footballing force? Who is holding their success? Cristiano Ronaldo or destiny?

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    • Isaac Asante
      26th October 2009

      Well, it’s true… no Ronaldo, no goals… I guess the Madrid coach will have to find a way of making his team play out of Ronaldo’s influence. It’s good to have a good player, but if you let the 10 other players + substitutes rely on him, then I guess in the end, no one will be able to call Madrid a TEAM. I think making things look like a one-man show makes Ronaldo’s load heavier; hence, his chances of being at his best could be reduced, considering the fact that the sights of Real Madrid fans will be set on him and thus, inflict pressure.

      This is something that is not at FC Barcelona. Lionel Messi, for me, is the best player in the world and Pep Guardiola has managed to make the game go around him when he is present. When he is not, then another strategy comes in place and all the team’s players work together so as to get a positive result despite the absence of their ace.

      What I mean is that, the managing staff at Real really really have to concentrate on the team’s strategies and perhaps mentality. ‘Cos I guess Ronaldo too has a role to play in the team’s mentality. Maybe his injury makes some of his mates tremble with fear or I don’t know… but in the end, it’s important each player plays his part and lets the team be successful.

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