Capello: “Real Madrid’s opponents used to be scared with Ronaldo, now they are not”

13 Apr 2019

Real Madrid have struggled to find scoring from their forwards this season and Fabio Capello has attributed their issues to Cristiano Ronaldo‘s absence.

The Italian coach has claimed that Los Blancos rivals’ defences were intimidated with the Portuguese on the pitch.

“I always say, that Real Madrid and Barcelona start matches winning 1-0 and if you want to beat them you have to score at least two goals,” he said at the World Soccer Congress.

“This year Madrid have lacked the 1-0, and have started at 0-0 like the others and that’s why they have faced so many difficulties.

“Now we see what is happening at Juventus with Cristiano as, with the Portuguese, the opposition defenders were very scared before and now they are not.”

Capello was taken aback by Zinedine Zidane‘s return to Madrid, but believes that the Frenchman will have the upper hand.

“[Zidane’s return] has surprised me a lot to say the truth,” he added.

“I think that now he has more power than before, because when he joined the club for the first time it was Florentino Perez who put him on the job and now it was [Perez] who asked him to go back.

Zidane is the one who knows about the transfers, as there are three good players they can sign and they know who those players are.”

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